A recipient of NEA, Guggenheim and Pew Fellowships, Christopher Bursk was the author of 16 books of poetry. His last book, "With Aeneas in a Time of Plague," was published posthumously by Ragged Sky Press in July. Bursk was a mentor and friend to many in the local poetry community, including the guest readers for this event.
The poems in Bursk's final collection are inspired by Vergil's Aeneid and deal with modern issues of love, loss, family, masculinity and more. Many of the epigraphs are in Latin from the Aeneid and some are translated into English.
About the Readers:
Hayden Saunier is a poet, actor and teaching artist living in the Philadelphia area. Her acting resume includes film and television appearances and numerous roles at regional theaters. Hayden has published five collections of poetry and is a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Gerry LaFemina is the author of a number of books, including "Little Heretic," "Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist," "Steampunk" and "Vanishing Horizon." He is the director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he is an associate professor of English, and teaches in Carlow University’s low-residency MFA program.