Williamsport – Local author Charley Springer, who recently published a book of poems, “Juice,” by Regal House Publishing, will be reading a selection of his poetry at the James V. Brown Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Springer grew up on a farm in northcentral Pennsylvania that his great-grandfather established in the mid-1800s. An only child, he quickly found kinship within the natural world around him and in the world of his imagination.
Springer studied anthropology at Lycoming College and at the University of Cincinnati and taught at Northern Kentucky University. He moved to Philadelphia and attended classes at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and the Barnes Foundation. It wasn’t long before he began to show work in the city’s galleries. Today many of his paintings are in private, corporate, academic and museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Springer began writing when he experienced what he called “painter’s block.” It wasn’t long before he’d filled notebooks with poems.
Needing to care for his ailing father brought him back from Philadelphia to the family farm. His desire for community prompted participation in the local writers’ collective and online at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Influences in his work include Matthew Lippman, Matthew Rohrer, Geoffrey Nutter, James Tate, Russell Edson, Gabriel Gudding, Gary Soto and Alberto Rios, among others.
Springer has published poems in more than 60 journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Faultline, Windsor Review, Packingtown Review, Gertrude and Passager. His proudest moment arrived many years ago in the form of a Pushcart Prize nomination for a poem he’d written about his mother’s dementia.
The free program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing at the library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport.