Join us for a not-to-be-missed session with award-winning Vermont poet, Jerry Johnson, on Thursday, July 14th at 2pm. Known as “The Creek Road Poet,” Jerry will speak about his creative process, read from his recent celebrated books, Up the Creek Without a Saddle and Noah’s Song, and play songs from the CDs that accompany the books, which include his poems set into song by Vermont musicians, Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland. Up the Creek Without a Saddle and Noah’s Song will be available for purchase and Jerry will be signing books.
This free event will be held at the Village at Cedar Hill and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following Jerry’s presentation.
In Jerry’s own words: “I was blessed when Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two legendary Vermont master musicians, took a number of my poems in Up the Creek Without a Saddle and set them into song for a beautiful CD album to accompany the book. I was again blessed when Adrien Patenaude illustrated Noah’s Song and when Jon Gailmor set ‘Noah’s Song’ into music for a delightful CD to accompany this book.”
Jerry Johnson lives in a restored century-old schoolhouse in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He is a retired professor from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts where he was a finalist for the school’s excellence in teaching award. In addition, he has been a civil engineer, tennis pro, carpenter, artist, freelance writer and editor. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he was honored with the Eastern College Athletic Conference Award as the school’s top scholar-athlete. He received his master’s degree from Purdue University.
Jerry’s work has received kudos from several noted authors:
In the words of Howard Mosher: “Up the Creek Without a Saddle and the music of Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland are a lyrical celebration of the ‘Vermont Tradition’ at its best.”
In the words of Reeve Lindbergh: “Noah’s Song is another wild and warmhearted rhyming tale from Jerry Johnson, full of happy mayhem, with an ark-full of creatures creating all kinds of adventures … fun for children of all ages and all species! Noah’s Song is further enhanced by the bright, delightful paintings of Adrien ‘Yellow’ Patenaude, and accompanied by the always captivating music of one of Vermont’s master musicians, Jon Gailmor.”
In the words of Sydney Lea, Poet Laureate of Vermont: “Jerry Johnson has the true songwriter’s gift: his lyrics seem so simple, but that’s a deception. The more one listens — and the tunes are brilliantly served by the excellent Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland — the deeper they get. What a pleasure this album is!”
Following the presentation refreshments will be served. Admission is FREE.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
The Village at Cedar Hill
92 Cedar Hill Drive, Windsor, VT (Off RT. 5)
For more info please call Barb Flinn at 802-674-6609 or email BFlinn@cedarhillccc.com.