Poet and scholar Rob Hardy will read from his new book, “Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016,” at the Blue Heron Coffee House on Tuesday, August 1, at 7 p.m., as part of the Laureate Writers Series. The reading will be followed by a book signing and an open mic, and is sponsored by the Fine Arts Council of the city of Winona. Open mic guidelines, including a five-minute time limit, are posted at the event. The optional theme for the open mic is “community.”
Hardy is the first poet laureate of Northfield, Minn. He’s the author not only of “Domestication” but also of “Aeschylus,” “The Oresteia: An Adaptation” (Hero Now Theatre 2017), and “The Collecting Jar” (Grayson Books 2005). His poetry and prose have appeared in New England Review, Ploughshares, Rattle, New Letters, North Dakota Quarterly, and other literary and scholarly journals.
Hardy’s recent scholarly work has focused on the influence of the Greek and Roman classics in 18th century Britain and America. This interest has yielded several publications. He is a research associate in classics at Carleton College. His undergraduate degree is from Oberlin College and his PhD from Brown University, in classics. In the wider Northfield community, Hardy has served as an elected member of the School Board since 2013, a liaison to the Human Rights Commission, an advisor to the District Youth Council, and an advisor to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition. He also hosts a poetry reading series at Content Bookstore in Northfield.