Dorothy Alexander will read selections from her poetry during Second Sunday Poetry at The Depot, 200 S. Jones on Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. Light refreshments are served at this free event, which is open to the public.
Alexander is a poet, storyteller and editor/publisher of a small independent poetry press that has published the work of seventeen finalists and five grand prize winners of the Oklahoma Book Awards for Poetry since 2004. She is the author of four poetry collections, including Lessons From an Oklahoma Girlhood, Borrowed Dust, The Dust Bowl Revisited and Rough Drafts, as well as a memoir in prose and poetry, The Art of Digression.
Both her prose and poetry have been included in several anthologies and periodic publications. Dorothy is a founding member of the Woody Guthrie Poetry Group and curator of the poetry readings at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma.
Her inspiration comes from the agrarian literary tradition and the populist political movements in the rural United States. She embraces primarily the narrative form, what she calls “narcissistic” narrative, and she indulges in “selfie” poetry.
The Oklahoma Center for the Book selected Dorothy as recipient of the Carlile Distinguished Service Award for her services to the Oklahoma literary community in 2013. Dorothy has degrees in Social Work and Political Science from University of Central Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law. She practiced law for more than 40 years in rural Oklahoma and Texas, and has served as a judge for small municipalities for a like number of years.
Second Sunday Poetry and other programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. For additional information about The Depot and its programs, visit www.normandepot.org or call 405-307-9320.