Prairie Lights

DEWITT HENRY

May 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Dewitt Henry will read from his chapbook Visions of a Wayne Childhood. Visions of a Wayne Childhood is 21 brief sketches about growing up on the Philadelphia Main Line during the 1940s and 50s. Henry writes: “Contrary to the saying that you can’t go home again, at a lifetime’s distance, I believe that you can and should, and perhaps must, in memory and imagination. More than an exercise in nostalgia, I believe this to be an affirmation of distance and growth.” Or, as Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Corpus Christi: Stories, put it: “DeWitt Henry ushers his readers to better understandings of their own  histories.”

Dewitt Henry is the author of Sweet Dreams: a Family History, Safe Suicide: Essays, Narratives, and Mediations, and The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts, which won the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel. He has edited numerous anthologies and is the founding editor of Ploughshares. He teaches at Emerson College.