Poetry in the Rose Styron Garden: Jennifer Smith Turner
May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join award-winning author and poet, Jennifer Smith Turner, for a book talk and poetry reading in the Rose Styron Garden. Jennifer will share excerpts from her two poetry books, Lost and Found: Rhyming Verse Honoring African American Heroes and Perennial Secrets: Poetry & Prose. In addition to sharing her poetry, Jennifer will discuss her new novel Child Bride. Child Bride tells the story of the segregated south of the mid-1900s where fourteen-year-old Nell bears witness to a world that embraces the oppression of women. Nell is fascinated with the prospect of being an independent person—but when she turns sixteen, she is married off and brought to the city of Boston as a bride. Child Bride was recently named 2020 Book of the year by Story Book Network and best fiction e-book for 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Jennifer Smith Turner, an Oak Bluffs resident, is the author of two poetry books in addition to her debut novel, Child Bride. Her work has been included in Vineyard Poets, numerous literary publications, and frequently appears in the Vineyard Gazette. Additionally, Jennifer served as the Interim President/CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and as a member of their board for six years. She has held a variety of executive roles in both the non-profit and corporate worlds. Jennifer received her BA from Union College, her Masters from Fairfield University, and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Hartford.
This event is free and open to all. No advance registration required. All attendees must wear a face mask.
Rain date: Sunday, May 30th at 2pm.