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Black Rock Press poets Melanie Perish and Tom Meschery to read at Sundance



What: Sundance Books and Music will host a poetry reading for Tom Meschery and Melanie Perish. Meschery will read from his latest book of poetry Some Men (Black Rock Press). Perish will read from her new book of poetry Passions & Gratitudes (Black Rock Press). The reading will be followed by Q&A and book signing.

This event is part of Sundance Books and Music’s month-long celebration of National Poetry Month.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

About the poets

Melanie Perish is a writer, student, and teacher.  She is Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Melanie is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc., has done Poets in the Schools in New York and Utah, and has served on the Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Writing Workshops in upstate New York (1978 – 1983.)  Her chapbooks include Notes of a Daughter from the Old Country (Motheroot Publications) and Traveling the Distance (Rising Tide Press). Her poems have appeared in Utah Holiday, Calyx and Sinister Wisdom.  Melanie lives in Reno and cannot imagine a life that does not include the Sierra Nevada and the grace present in their sky.

Tom Meschery was born in Harbin, China, of Russian emigrant parents who settled in San Francisco, where he grew up. He attended St. Mary’s College of California, where he was an All-American basketball player. He played NBA basketball for the Golden State Warriors and the Seattle Supersonics from 1961-71. Following his retirement from basketball, he attended the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he received an MFA in creative writing. Meschery published his first book of poems, Over the Rim, in 1970. After receiving his teaching credentials at University of Nevada, Reno, Meschery taught high school English in Reno until his retirement in 2005. His second book of poems, Nothing We Lose Can Be Replaced, was published by Black Rock Press in 1999. Meschery currently lives in Sacramento, with his artist wife Melanie Marchant, where he continues to write poems, fiction and essays.

Since opening its doors in 1985, Sundance Books and Music has been dedicated to the service of books and book lovers. As a local, independent bookstore, Sundance is committed to strengthening and contributing to both our local and global communities.

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