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Author Event with John Secor May 25 at 11:00 a.m.


John Secor wil be reading from and signing copies of his new book of poetry, when we wake, on Saturday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m.


John Secor was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, raised in Toronto, Ontario, and completed a Ph.D. in Romance Philology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After stints in Washington state and Pennsylvania, he came with his family to Morehead State University in 1988 where in addition to French phonetics and poetry he taught Italian, International Studies, Honors, and collaborated with Teacher interns and Student teachers. For many years he edited the "Bluegrass Bulletin" for the [now] Kentucky World Language Association. Retired from MSU now for 10 years, John Secor has published one children's book, Off the Wallabies, with son, James (Peppertree Press, 2022), and three collections of poetry, Dessert du soir/Evening Sweets (Éditions Pippa, Paris, France, 2013), Boomerang Girl (Trafford Publishing, 2017), and his most recent, when we wake (Peppertree Press, 2024). Since 2016, John Secor has resided in Murray, Kentucky, and continues writing, with involvement in choral singing, theatre, soccer and grandparenting.

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Author Event with Ann Colbert May 28 at 4:30 p.m. 


Music begins at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Then Ann Colbert will be reading from and signing copies of her new book at 5:00 p.m.


Ann Colbert grew up in Michigan in a small town where prisons were the local industry. Her father was a warden so the family lived in a home on prison grounds. She attended Michigan State University for medical school and moved to Rochester, New York for her family medicine residency. Her path led to Kentucky as a requirement for her National Health Service Scholarship. She worked as family doctor treating families and delivering babies in eastern Kentucky in Olive Hill and Morehead. After nearly 20 years, she became board certified in Palliative Care and Hospice after a training program in Wales and helped to start the St. Claire Palliative Care Program in Morehead in 2002. She was the physician member of a transdisciplinary team who cared for seriously ill patients in the office, at home and in hospital.  In 2016, she moved to Belize to be a long -term medical volunteer and was the Medical Director of Hillside Health Care International for 18 months. Upon her return to the US, she continued her practice at a free medical clinic, also working with a group to increase USAID funding for global health and completed her Masters of Public Health from Western Kentucky University in May, 2019. 

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