Harper Professor to Read from Latest Book of Poetry

Associate Professor Jessica Walsh will offer a free public reading from her new book of poetry, "The Division of Standards," at Harper College this week.

The book, Walsh's second poetry compilation, examines relationships, pivotal moments and flashes of unexpected connection between people.

"Poetry is how I connect with others," says Walsh, who has taught English at Harper since 2002. "When I'm working on a poem and I feel like I've found the words I'm looking for, that feeling is one of total peace."

The reading is one of her first at the College, and she says the opportunity is a new challenge.

"Harper has always provided me with a great creative environment, and my students and colleagues have always been so supportive," she said, "The chance to share my work with them in a different way is wonderfully exciting."

The reading is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the Drama Lab, Room L109, Building L on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Walsh's poetry has previously appeared in publications including "Driftwood," "The New Press Literary Quarterly" and "Listening Review." Her first poetry book, "Knocked Around," was published in 2008.

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