Thursday, April 29th, 2021 6:30 – 7:30PM EST
WWBA is delighted to present a live poetry reading with Physician and Poet John L. Wright. His poetry explores humanity’s relationship and place among the fauna and flora of the natural world. Singer-Songwriter Linda Sussman will perform her original songs live. Join us in celebrating Poetry Month on Zoom!
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At a time when humanity seems more and more at odds with the rest of creation, John Wright‘s poems call us to the poignancy and necessity of nature. The Loveliness of This World speaks to a specific location, a two-acre Eden set against northwest forest, where cedar stumps and Indian plum co-exist with daffodils. But the arc of these poems stretches much farther. The poet, a retired physician, reflects on trees long since diagnosed with rot and taken down, walks with his Labrador retriever, a cup of morning coffee with his wife, wine with old friends, and he writes. Then he shares the loveliness and solace of these poems with us, his lucky readers.
–Bethany Reid, author of Body My House: Poems
John L. Wright, MD practiced internal medicine and endocrinology at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington from 1964 to 1989, during this time he was also Associate Medical Director with responsibilities for, among other duties, the residency training programs and the continuing education conferences presented by the medical staff. From 1989 to 1994 he served as Vice President for Medical Staff Affairs. He is a Clinical Professor Emeritus in Medicine at the University of Washington, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
John L. Wright, MD is a retired physician who wrote his first poem as an assignment for a short story writing class; It was 1988, He was 59 years-old. For the next 30 plus years, the making and sharing of his poetry has enriched his life beyond measure. During this time he published five collections of poems, the last, The Loveliness of this World, was published in 2020 by Finishing Line Press. His poems have appeared in 13 anthologies. And In February of last year, his poem “What Poetry Taught me About Hope” was published by Passager Books.
As a physician, his early poems arose from life experiences with patients and colleagues, Then, when he began experience his own illnesses, his poems became “songs of myself.” Over the last decade he has become more interested in nature, more specifically in man’s place amongst the fauna and flora. Working with a photographer, they have created a book entitled Our Connected Lives: Birds, Flowers, and Poetry. They are looking for a publisher.
Linda Sussman is a Long Island, NY-based recording artist whose music blurs the lines of contemporary folk and blues. Linda’s music has received international airplay–from New York stations WFUV and WUSB to other parts of the US, UK, Europe, Israel and elsewhere. Just 6 weeks after its February 2021 release, Linda’s latest album, titled These Walls, ranked #1 on the Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart” (wk 4/3/21). Pre-pandemic, Linda was touring the East Coast as a solo artist and at times performing with her studio musicians under the name the Linda Sussman Collective, including gigs at NYC’s iconic The Bitter End. Linda’s music is available on all streaming sites; much more on her website at lindasussman.com