Join longtime friends, collaborators, educators, and local Appalachian legends Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel, as they read from and discuss their recently published memoirs. Earnest Occupations: Teaching, Writing, Gardening & Other Local Work by Hague in prose and Palindrome by Hansel in poetry.
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Steubenville, Ohio native Richard (Dick) Hague is the current Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College. A graduate of Xavier University, he taught for 45 years at Purcell Marian High School, as well at Edgecliff College, Xavier University, Northeastern University in Boston, The Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, Kentucky, and Radford University’s Summer Highlander Institute in Appalachian Literature and Writing.
Hague is the winner of four Ohio Arts Council fellowships in poetry and creative nonfiction, and a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Appalachian Studies Association, and the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. His poetry has won The Weatherford Award, the Appalachian
Writers Association’s Poetry Book of the Year Award, and for Ripening (The Ohio State University Press, 1984) he was named co-poet of the year by the Ohio Poetry Association. He is married to Pamela Korte, Assistant Professor Emerita of Mt. St. Joseph University. Their sons Patrick and Brendan live in Cincinnati.
Poet, Memoirist, Teacher and Editor Pauletta Hansel served as the first Poet Laureate of Cincinnati from April 2016 through March 2018. She is author of six poetry collections, most recently Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017), which was awarded the prestigious Weatherford Award for the best Appalachian poetry book of 2017. Pauletta leads community writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. She is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. In addition to her role of Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate, Pauletta served as Writer in Residence at Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program and at WordPlay, a literary and literacy organization for younger writers. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Originally from southeastern Kentucky, Pauletta lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Owen Cramer.
Hague and Hansel have collaborated on editing two anthologies, Quarried: Three Decades of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, and Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. They are both members of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative and are colleagues through Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program.