Thursday, April 5th: A Reading with Serving House Books Contest Winners Barbara Froman and P.K. Harmon:
Words by Amanda Alford.
The event on Thursday was an intimate gathering with Barbara Froman and P.K. Harmon reading to a small but enthusiastic group.
Barbara Froman’s characters in Shadows and Ghosts came alive through the rhythm of her speech and her devotion, artfully portraying them with the tone of her voice and distinct accents.
What Island, P.K. Harmon’s collection of poetry, brims with captivating imagery. His poem about an unaffected gecko brought laughter; another about voices in conflict brought an appreciation for conflicts largely unrecognized. And each piece revolved around, and brought the students closer to, the heart of Harmon’s interests and unique voice.
Each of these authors brought music to their work in some shape or form: Froman, a former composer and pianist, sees that art has the greatest impact on how she paves structure in her novel and to her inclusion of “pure form, [particular appreciation for and focus on] the sounds of words, everything that is musical.”
For Harmon, the story is a bit different: he recognizes music’s impact on his poetry, but as a lyricist for a rock group he is also quick to understand the differences. “You only have your judgements suggested [in poetry]; singer/songwriters yell that suggestion.”
Whatever the case for each of these authors, they brought something special to their work that made listening to, and being a part of, the reading a unique experience.
Causes Barbara Froman Supports
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Lawyers for the Creative Arts