A Poetry Reading by Gail Thomas by WOUB Digital published on 2017-11-13T16:11:32Z On October 2, 2017, poet Gail Thomas gave a reading at the new outdoor stage of the Nelsonville Public Library. This event kicked off an Ohio Arts Council residency with Athens poet Wendy McVicker, at Stuart’s Opera House. Gail Thomas is the author of four books of poetry: Odd Mercy (Headmistress Press, 2016), Waving Back (Turning Point, 2015), No Simple Wilderness: an Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s, 2001) and Finding the Bear (Perugia Press, 1997). Waving Back was named a Must Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. No Simple Wilderness, about the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930s, to provide drinking water for Boston, has been taught in college writing and interdisciplinary courses. Thomas has worked as a high school English teacher, as well as one of the original teaching artists for the Massachusetts Cultural Center Elder Arts Initiative. We are lucky that her travels brought her to us on this beautiful October evening. Thomas read from all four of her books, giving context for each of the poems as she went along. You may also hear birds, motorcycles, and the wind. Enjoy.