Please join us as we celebrate poetry and short fiction at the Hamilton-Wenham Library's 8th Teen Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest Reception.
This year's reception guest will be independent literary historian and playwright Rob Velella. Mr. Velella specializes in American Literature of the 19th century and in dramatically bringing to life literary figures Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, for which he has been featured on National Public Radio and the LA Review of Books. For the reception Mr. Velella will appear as Nathaniel Hawthorne. Remembered today for his novels like "The Scarlet Letter" and "The House of the Seven Gables," Massachusetts author Nathaniel Hawthorne never offered a public reading in his lifetime and, in fact, often scorned the fame which he earned. For this presentation, however, the author himself (portrayed by Rob Velella) will return to read some of his short works which explore the dark side of human nature. A question and answer session will follow the performance.
Following Nathaniel Hawthorne, the winners of the Teen Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest will be announced, prizes awarded, and winning entries heard.