Rhonda Melanson My Name is Mary Book Launch at the Lawrence House 7 – 8:30 PM

Rhonda Melanson would like to happily announce the publication of her second poetry chapbook of poetry called “My Name is Mary”, published by Alien Buddha Press. Comprised of twenty-one poems, this collection is written in the voice of Mother Mary and is a not so religious accounting of her life and the life of her most famous child.

Many readers may be skeptical of reading something with a religious theme. Don’t be. Rhonda has tried to give voice to a woman who is incredibly tough, intelligent, a mother and mentor as well as someone who fights hard for a just world. She has a sense of humour, calls out patriarchy and is not afraid to tell you what the word “virgin” really means. She’s a “mama bear”, yet a woman in her own right.

On First Friday, December 2nd, 7:00-8:30, Rhonda will be reading from this collection in the Turret Room at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. She will be accompanied by local singer/songwriter Missy Burgess. Rhonda will have copies of the chapbook for sale at the reading (12 dollars each) and Missy will bring copies of her CDs for purchase.

Rhonda Melanson is a local poet and teacher who serves on The Lawrence House Centre of the Arts Literary Committee and is on the Board of Directors. She is also an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets. Missy Burgess is a roots/blues singer songwriter who has 4 CD’s to her credit. She has performed throughout Canada everywhere in Eastern and Southern Ontario from The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and all the way to The Angola Prison for Women in Louisiana.

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