Poets Shannon Tharp and Whit Griffin will be reading their recently published works at 7 p.m. June 15 at the Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Highlands.
Griffin is a native of Memphis, Tenn. He met Scaly Mountain’s poet Jonathan Williams in 2000. Williams was an esteemed poet, collector, publisher and maverick cultural impresario who studied at Black Mountain College and founded the Jargon Society. Griffin interned at the Jargon Society in 2002 then, after graduate school, he moved to Highlands and acted as secretary and personal assistant to Williams in 2006. Most of the poems in Griffin’s collection, Pentateuch, were written while he lived with Williams or were influenced by his time in WNC.
Shannon Tharp grew up in Wyoming but currently lives in Seattle where she earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. The Cost of Walking is her first full-length book of poems.