When was the last time you met someone for the first time and was impressed with their kindness, graciousness, and ability to softly embrace you into their world?  I had that experience last December when my wife, Lisa, and I met Michael Jennings at the Central New York (CNY) Book Award ceremony in Syracuse, New York.  That meeting and a few follow-up e- mail conversations led to Michael’s willingness to bring his creativity and poetic vision “word, revisited” at Theater Mack, Cayuga Museum on June 8th.

Michael Jennings was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans and grew up in east Texas and the deserts of southwestern Iran before attending the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and Syracuse University as a graduate Fellow. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently Crossings: A Record of Travel, winner of the 2016 CNY Book Award for Poetry. He is also a world-renowned breeder and judge of Siberian Huskies, and author of three books on the breed. He lives with his wife and muse, poet Suzanne Shane, and several of their Siberians on a hill overlooking Otisco Lake. Since 1993 he has been a member of the faculty at CCC.

-bill berry, jr.