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Norman Public Library hosts Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for presentation

Nathan BrownSpecial family stories can live forever, but only if they’re written down somewhere to preserve them.

That’s the message behind the program “Family Stories: How to Begin” offered in hometown libraries in this year’s Summer Reading Program, including a stop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Norman Public Library, and another appearance later that day at 2 p.m. at the Noble Public Library.

And one of Oklahoma’s most heralded writers will be sharing his expertise for the library audiences.

Nathan Brown, the 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, will lead the workshops, giving tips on how to get started in research and recording of family stories in a way to make them live for generations to come.

Brown was appointed as Poet Laureate for the state last December by Gov. Mary Fallin. The poet laureate selection is facilitated through the Oklahoma Humanities Council, which reviews nominations for the position on behalf of the Governor and coordinates the Poet Laureate’s appearances during his term.

Brown is the author of eight poetry books, including Two Tables Over, which won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Brown also has worked as a professional songwriter and musician and performed around the world. He has a Ph. D in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and has taught in the Human Relations and Liberal Studies departments at OU. He also has served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma.

This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.

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