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Poet-Historian Reads at Library

Tim Lewis reads from his book, The Virginiad, Sunday, 26 April at 3:00 at Tazewell County Public Library.

The Virginiad tells the story of Virginia from 1607 through 2007 in poetry written from the point of view of ordinary, everyday Virginians.  The issues that have dominated Virginia history come alive through the eyes of slaves, Native Americans, tenant farmers, peddlers, nurses, and clerks.  Poems look at the history of great houses and communities, industries and crafts, and our national heroes as others might have viewed them.  The poetry mixes songs, hymns, medical practices, cultural customs, religious awakenings, social beliefs and political movements to present a wide context for Virginia’s history.  The Virginiad captures the local, national, and international significance of Virginia’s history, ideas, and culture which have shaped us for 400 hundred years and which we continue to debate today.

Lewis has spent four years researching and writing his book.  Three of the book’s poems won first prizes in the Poetry Society of Virginia’s annual poetry competition.

Lewis is executive director of the Piedmont Writer’s Institute in Charlottesville and author of seven books.  Born in southern Africa, he lived in England for 30 years before moving to the United States and becoming a US citizen.

Copies of The Virginiad will be available for purchase and signing.

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