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Matthew Birdsall stands in front of the Vernet Ecological Center in Glen Helen. Birdsall is holding a book.

Pictured standing outside of theGlen Helen  Vernet Ecological Center, Matthew Birdsall will be the host of the 11th annual Winter Solstice poetry reading.

11th Annual Winter Solstice poetry reading returns to in-person event

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After two years of virtual gatherings, the Winter Solstice Poetry Reading is set to recommence in person at the Glen Helen Vernet Ecological Center on Friday, Dec. 9, from 7-9 p.m.

The poetry reading, now in its 11th year, and sponsored by the Glen and Tecumseh Land Trust, will be emceed by Dayton-based poet and writer Matt Birdsall. This year’s theme is “Open Air,” and sharing original poems tailored to that theme are nine regional poets: William Stolz, Gary Mitchner, Janet. E. Irvin, Rikki Santer, Betsy Hughes, Amiee Noel, Kip Knott, Rose M. Smith and Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis. Following these recitations, attendees will be provided a wine and cheese reception, as well as the opportunity to share some poems of their own in an open-mic session.

The event is free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of $10 would go to benefit the Glen and Tecumseh Land Trust. Also at the event will be the newly published “Sun and Shadow, Wood and Stone,” an anthology featuring poems from the past ten Solstice Poetry Readings. It will be for sale for $18. Above, Birdsall shows off the prized publication.

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