The Village Poets will be performing today at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville. The program will begin at 7p.m. and will feature readings from the four individual poets, as well as a number of poems the quartet will perform together.
The Village Poets are Bruce Brush, Mary Gillim, Donna Monday and Miriam Nidiffer. Performing with them will be guest poet Liza Hyatt. All five poets have been reading and writing locally for years.
Brush is a retired professional engineer who is a Korean War vet. He came to poetry late in life after his retirement. He is a frequent reader at Poetry on Brick Street in Zionsville and his poetry gives a male perspective on life.
Gillim is a 50-year resident of Zionsville and is an artist, a poet, a thespian and the mother of six. She, too, is a frequent reader at Poetry on Brick Street. She recently published a definitive poem of the geography and history of the Mississippi River,“Ol’ Man River.”
Monday, locally known as a salesperson at Pearson Ford, has been writing much of her life. She formerly edited a local paper and wrote a popular humor column. She writes for Current in Zionsville. She has published a poetry book, “Dancing in the Alley.”
Nidiffer is a native of Great Britain, where she worked as a lecturer in a London college. A resident of Zionsville for 15 years, she is a frequent reader at Poetry on Brick Street. Her poem “Ode to Lions Park” was read at the Zionsville Fall Festival, and the poem “A Breakfast Ballad” is on display at Eagle Creek Coffee Co. She, too, participates in Poetry on Brick Street.
Hyatt is from Zionsville and is looking forward to renewing contacts in the Village. She recently read on NPR radio in Indianapolis from her new book, “Under My Skin.”