I’m ready with a display of sample published works, educational hand-outs, free candy and a Minnesota anthology for you to buy. I have limited copies of Fine Lines, The Talking Stick, Volume 26 in which five of my works published this year.
The drop-in event on the second floor Great Hall features each writer at his/her own table. So simply circulate, meet the authors and engage in conversation. You have only one hour, from 6 – 7 p.m., to meet everyone.
Here’s a sample of my writing, an award-winning poem printed in 2014 in Symmetry, The Talking Stick, Volume 23, and published by The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc:
Sunday Afternoon at the Auction Barn
Shoulder brushes shoulder as bidders settle onto plank benches
in the tightness of the arched roof auction barn,
oil stains shadowing the cement floor below their soles,
where a farmer once greased wheel bearings on his Case tractor.
The auctioneer chants in a steady cadence
that mesmerizes, sways the faithful fellowship
to raise hands, nod heads, tip bidding cards
in reverent respect of an ancient rural liturgy.
Red Wing crock, cane back rocker, a Jacob’s ladder quilt,
Aunt Mary’s treasured steamer trunk, weathered oars—
goods of yesteryear coveted by those who commune here,
sipping steaming black coffee from Styrofoam cups.
Find me, introduce yourself and ask me about my passions—writing and/or photography—and hear my story.
© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling