Ilona Popper, of Gardiner, is the author of the poetry book Break (The Bunny and the Crocodile Press, 2002). Her poems have appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Beltway online magazine, The Antietam Review, and other journals and anthologies. Ilona has performed her poetry in theatres, bookstores, and on the radio show “The Poet and the Poem.” She has taught, edited, and coached writers for more than 30 years and continues coaching through her firm, Clear Lines Consulting. She’s currently writing a book about wildlife.
Livingston’s Cody Standish started writing poetry at a young age, after a series of family tragedies. “I lived a lot of life as a little kid,” she says. Her first poem was published at age 8, and she’s been composing ever since, citing her favorites as Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Sexton and Robert Service among others. She grew up in Livingston, and spent time hitchhiking the country in lieu of a more formal education.
Standish and Popper will read from their work and discuss their craft at Elk River Books on Wednesday, February 8, at 7 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.