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Mish guest speaker at October’s Reading Down The Plains

A local group, Reading Down The Plains, is bringing Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish to Duncan, Saturday, Oct. 26. We have partnered with RDTP to host this event here at the Heritage Center. Mish will read from some of her published writings, which includes new works and her books, “What I Learned at the War,” and “Oklahomeland: Essays.”

We are excited to team up with RDTP, which is co-founded by Gary Reddin, editor of 580 Magazine, and Derrick Miller, journalism teacher at Duncan Middle School.

“Many of the authors who participate in RDTP have had some connection to the Heritage Center over the years,” CTHC’s Communications & Exhibits Director, Toni Hopper said.
“We want this month’s event to be successful for both Reading Down The Plains and the Heritage Center. This is a great opportunity for the community. Providing the space and having a literary event for adults is exciting.”

RDTP begins at noon, and authors and readers can stay to partipate in open mic afterward. (Continue Reading Below)


“Reading Down The Plains is like an ‘in-person podcast,” Hopper said. “Being able to have a writer of Mish’s caliber visit Duncan is exciting. She’s a storyteller, and from what we know, she has a way of inspiring others to share their stories through writing.” Reddin agrees and is a friend of Mish. They met years ago. Both CTHC and RDTP had originally scheduled Mish in 2018, but she had to postpone for personal reasons. Reddin says for fans of podcasts, then the poetry reading would be a bonus, as you get a chance to actually meet the speaker.

Also, Mish’s 2009 poetry collection, “Work Is Love Made Visible” won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award and the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West.

Mish told Maginot that she loves participating in community readings. “It’s important to me to support poetry and writing wherever it’s found in our state.” (LC10Oct2019)

Visit, to read the feature article written by Hannah Maginot, Lawton Constitution.

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