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An Afternoon with Steve Nolan!

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Submitted by kmorrison37 on Thu, 12/12/2019 - 7:34pm

Please join us as we welcome Bucks County's own, Steve Nolan to celebrate the release of his new book, "Base Camp" on Saturday, January 25th at 1pm!  Steve will be doing a reading and signing copies of his new book!   You can order Steve's book below (we have them in stock now and it would make a great gift)!

All are invited! 



Steve Nolan's collection of poems span a lifetime of serious reflection on war, politics, religion, mental and physical health, and the ways we can cope with the mayhem. He brings his therapeutic training, military experience, and lapsed Catholicism to bear on a sometimes humorous, sometimes painful world of experience.

Now more than ever, we need Steve Nolan's new book, this act of witness, this poetry base camp from which to launch a renewed campaign against the ruthless armies of premeditated greed, environmental devastation, and willful ignorance. Though Nolan, who served in Afghanistan and is now an active worker for peace and social justice, explores the violence not just of armed aggression, but of crippling illness, his is not a book of rage, but of attention and love and persistence; that is to say, it is profoundly spiritual. Its crafted and compelling poems offer us a base camp to which we can return again and again not just for resolve but for grace The first poem of the book ends, "You were a witness, it's up to you/whether you testify," and the last poem invites us not to "refuse the call." His book gives us the courage to answer this call.

                                                     --Christopher Bursk, author of The Improbable Swervings of Atoms

Steve Nolan did his undergraduate work at the University of Miami in English and Psychology and his Masters at Barry University, in clinical social work, also in Miami, Florida.  He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who spent 25 years as a therapist and 30 years in the military ending his career as the Chief of Combat Stress for Paktika Province in Afghanistan.  He ran a PTSD clinic for the VA for five years before moving to Newtown in 2015.

His work has been published in: Passages North, U.S. 1 Worksheets, The Florida Review, Woodrider, The Devil’s Millhopper Press, Gypsy (Amnesty International Edition), Schuylkill Valley Journal and others.  His poems were featured on Morning Edition, National Public Radio, 24 September, 2007 upon his return from Afghanistan in a story called, “Mother, Son Share Experiences of War.” He is the author of “Go Deep,” a collaboration with the artist NJ DeVico.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
2835 South Eagle Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Base Camp: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781933974347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ragged Sky Press - November 22nd, 2019

The poems in Base Camp take us from the steep slopes of Mt. Everest to the darkness where thirty-three Chilean miners are trapped.