Celebration of Conrad Hilberry’s Newest Poetry Collection

Join us in celebrating the launch of Conrad Hilberry’s newest poetry collection, Until the Full Moon Has Its Say, at Kalamazoo College on Saturday, March, 15, 2014. The event will be held in the Olmsted Room in Mandelle Hall, beginning at 2 p.m. Colleagues of Conrad including Susan Ramsay, Kit Almay, Jim VanSweden, Diane Seuss, and Jane Hilberry will read from his new collection.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided and books will be for sale after the readings. Conrad Hilberry will be present to sign books.

For more information contact Sass Havilar at shavilar@kzoo.edu or 269-337-7283.

About the book: The poems in Until the Full Moon Has Its Say were inspired by the loss of poet Conrad Hilberry’s wife of fifty-six years, Marion. While the poems in this volume delve into the initial emptiness and hopelessness of grieving, the poet’s connections to the natural world, music, and other people ultimately bring him back into the present while still acknowledging and honoring the past. The work of a skilled poet with a lifetime of experience, this collection displays Hilberry’s mastery of form. The book’s three sections include a sonnet, five villanelles, and a variety of stanza structures, all written in his signature tone, which is contemplative, tender, and moving. Author Gail Martin called these poems “elegant, sure, deceptively straightforward….
they will break your heart then heal it.” Written by the poet in his eighties, Until the Full Moon Has Its Say is a powerful reflection on mortality and on the art that has been his lifelong practice. All readers of poetry will treasure this powerful volume.

About the author: Conrad Hilberry is the author of ten previous books of poetry, including After-Music (Wayne State University Press, 2008), Player Piano, and Sorting the Smoke, which won the Iowa Poets’ Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Hudson Review, Field and many other journals. Now retired, Hilberry has had a long career teaching literature and creative writing at Kalamazoo College.