Book Signing at O’More College Saturday

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Book Signing at O’More College Saturday
O’More Publishing will hold a signing for its most recent release, poetry book With Your Fresh Thoughts this Sunday, 2-4 p.m. on the campus of O’More College of Design. The collection, written by Director of the Hilliard Institute for Educational Wellness, Jessa Sexton, includes O’More students’ illustrations that create a storybook-like feel for the work.

“I wanted to show off the student work that inspires me daily,” Sexton said. “Pairing my poetry with O’More student artwork has been an incredible creative experience for me.” Sexton’s publication includes 12 poetry forms, and the author said it is meant to be a text for all ages and literary proficiencies. From a diamante and a sonnet to a villanelle, Sexton includes a back-of-book detailed guide that extends its use to casual poetry lovers, children and instructors.

“I wanted to create high-level poetry for children. Just because you’re two doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a sonnet,” she said. “But I also wanted this to be usable as a textbook for self-learning or for teachers. I know a lot of teachers are scared of poetry, and I hope the simplicity of the poems and the guide on how to write each one can ease those fears.” Though many of the individual works in With Your Fresh Thoughts were written this year, Sexton said she has long dreamed of publishing a collection like this one.

“This book has been in the making, in my heart, for almost 20 years,” she said. “After seeing the finished product, it was worth the wait.” A dozen students and one staff member were enlisted to provide visuals for each poem. Many of the illustrators will be on hand during Sunday’s signing. All proceeds from the book sales will go towards student scholarships for the College.

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