We were honored to have Ashley Hook, age 22, serve as guest hostess for our Young Adult Poets Showcase. Ashley
is an accomplished poet, and she was an extraordinary hostess for
this special showcase.
The young adults who read blew our listening audience away with their talent, wit, humor,
tenderness, strength, passion, and insightfulness. They took the afternoon into their hands and
unwrapped it like a special present for us. One audience member said that most people have a few remarkable days in
their lives that are so splendid they'll never forget them. She said she would never forget these five young adult
poets and what they so eloquently shared.
It was a great privilege to attend this showcase. We thank Ashley Hook, Danielle Keady, Brandon Hertzog,
Chris Burnett, and Raymond Brooks for sharing their work with us.
Ashley Hook's book of poetry,
, was published July 15, 2010.