Wyoming Arts Council

Book signing and open house for Pat Frolander

This comes from Andi Hummel in Hulett:

You are invited to a book signing and open house honoring award-winning Sundance poet Patricia Frolander on Monday, Sept. 21, at the Community Room of the Crook County Public Library in Sundance. The event, which will run from 4-7 p.m., is hosted by Bearlodge Writers and friends of the poet, and it will debut Frolander’s new chapbook, Grassland Genealogy (Finishing Line Press, July 2009).

Frolander, who promises to entertain those attending the event with selections from forty years of poetry written about raising children, weathering ranch life, and life in general, is celebrating more than a new book. She was recently notified that her poem, “Father, when You call,” was named the 2009 winner of the 17th Annual National Senior Poets Laureate Competition. Sponsored by Amy Kitchner’s Angels Without Wings Foundation, the competition draws entries from all over the United States. Picked as best from more than 700 entries for this year, “Father, when You call” brings its author both prestigious recognition and a nice cash award.

This poet, who admits to digging deep when she pens her lines, is definitely on a roll. Determined to keep the momentum going, she’s submitting more — already has a new manuscript making the rounds — and is also on the schedule for readings at the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, a parlor reading at a more private affair in Glendo, and other upcoming events.

Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, newspapers, and magazines, and she often speaks to the joys and problems of Wyoming ranch life when she shares her lines at gatherings throughout the region. She and fellow Sundance poet Jeanne Rogers most recently “worked the crowd” together at a Bellman Brown Bag Series presentation at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish, South Dakota in April 2009, skillfully playing on the memories of all in attendance, evoking laughter and tears with their words.

Grassland Genealogy will be available for purchase at the signing. You may also pick up a copy from the author or from your favorite local bookstore, or order it from Backpocket Books, 364 Farrall Road, Sundance, WY 82729 (1/307/283-2665) for $14 plus shipping and handling.

It is also available from the publisher, Finishing Line Press, at http://www.finishinglinepress.com/NewReleasesandForthcomingTitles.htm.

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