Planning An Evening with David Harrison and Friends for July

Hi everyone,

I’ve working with Kathleen O’Dell, Community Relations Director, Springfield-Greene County Library District, to plan An Evening with David Harrison and Friends, 6:00-7:30, July 23 at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield.

Plans are not finalized but we’re thinking three roughly 30-minute segments. I’ll take one to read from of my work and provide a few back stories.

A second half hour will feature Byron Biggers Band, the musical group consisting of Chris Craig, Gale Clithero, and me that performs musical versions of my poetry. We’ve made occasional appearances around town for several years including a couple of times on KSMU public radio. The original idea was Chris’s who is, in addition to being Associate Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs at Southwest Missouri State University, a fine musician with a great baritone voice. Gale, the dapper Dan of the group (as well as being a cool math teacher), adds voice and percussion. As for me? Well. I do what I do.

The third half hour will feature a tremendously talented group of equity actors that bill themselves as Resident Artist Ensemble (RAE for short). I don’t know yet the full cast but Sarah Wiggin and Michael Frizell are confirmed and there will be at least three others. What they do is perform selected poems and stories from my work. I’ve had the pleasure of watching them before and I guarantee you they’ll have you laughing the whole time. In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d see my work brought to life in such delightful ways. Everyone loves them.

More about these talented people later. They all have incredible creds and I intend to tell you more about them as we draw closer to the date. Needless to say, I’m excited about the program and hope that we’ll attract an audience of children and adults who want to have a good time celebrating the endless versatility of words and ideas.

July 23
The Library Center
South Campbell
Springfield, Missouri
Be there!

Readings from my work

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Hi everyone,

Here’s a heads up for those who live within easy driving distance from Springfield, Missouri. Readings from my collected work will be featured on Sunday, March 24 at 4:00, venue TBA.

Springfield’s Resident Artist Ensemble (RAE) will put on the event with professional actors reading from my stories and poetry for the forty-five minute program. I’ve been asked to join the readers so that adds extra pleasure for me. Here’s a link for more information about the group.

This is the second in a series of readings to honor Missouri authors and raise funds to support the RAE. The initial reading took place last November and featured the work of Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) and his wife Katie Estill (novelist and short story writer).

I enjoyed going back through more than forty years of published work to choose candidates for the reading and handing them off to award winning actress and teacher Julie Bloodworth, who currently teaches theater classes at Missouri State University and is working with RAE. From that pool the final program will eventually emerge.

Ticket costs will be held to a minimum in the interest of attracting plenty of families to attend, which is also a good deal for adults who are interested in children’s literature in general and mine in particular.

I’ll share more information when we get closer but I hope to see some of you there next month on March 24.