Trifecta of talent coming to Gibson’s Bookstore

Listen up, book fans: Gibson’s Bookstore has an author event this week featuring not one, not two, but three great wordsmiths all in the same place at the same time. It’s really a rare occasion.

Poet Shelley Girdner will present an evening of verse as she shares her new book, You Were That White Bird. Her first full-length poetry collection looks at the way relationships change over the course of a life, and how different they can look with time. Her poems combine birds and biblical imagery with modern relationships.

Girdner will be joined by Tom Haines and Meg Heckman, who will present a reading from an upcoming nonfiction work on a walk through an oil field and an essay, respectively.

Girdner’s poems have been published in several journals, including most recently Hunger Mountain and Painted Bride Quarterly, as well as The Indiana Review, Mid-American Review and others. She’s been a featured poet in the Aurorean, a finalist for the Slapering Hol chapbook prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry.

In other words, she’s a pretty big deal.

Haines is an assistant professor at UNH and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,, the New York Times, the Seattle Times, the Big Bend Sentinel, and elsewhere. He has three times been named Travel Journalist of the Year in North America.

So he’s a pretty big deal, too.

Meg Heckman – a former Monitor staffer – is a lecturer in English/journalism at UNH. Her work appears in the Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, USA Today and, of course, in the Monitor archives.

Heckman writes about politics, culture and new media and has her very own blog, A Site of Her Own: Women, Tech, Journalism.

Heckman, Haines and Girdner will all be at Gibson’s on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to present, chat and answer questions. It’s a free event, so just stop by.

Insider staff

Author: Jon Bodell

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