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Writer Debra Marquart to appear in Perham, April 13

Author Debra Marquart will be the featured speaker at the ITOW Veterans Museum on Friday, April 13 beginning at 7 p.m. for a reading and discussion of her works. Debra Marquart, author of "The Horizontal World" is a professor of English at Iowa State University. Her work has received numerous awards and commendations and has appeared in a number of literary journals. In the seventies and eighties, Marquart was a touring road musician with rock and heavy metal bands. Her collection of short stories, "The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories" draws from her experiences as a female road musician. Marquart continues to perform with a jazz-poetry rhythm and blues project. A performance poet, Marquart is the author of two poetry collections: Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness. Her memoir, "The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere," follows the story of the impulse toward rebellion and flight that comes with being born to a harsh, beautiful and isolated place. A personal record of outmigration, the memoir brings the story full circle, showing how one who is from a rural place like North Dakota can come to terms with its difficult lessons and hard love. Mark Vinz, who had originally been scheduled to appear with Debra Marquart, will appear at a later date.

This event is a collaboration of the Perham Area Public Library and the ITOW Veterans Museum with financial support from the Friends of the Perham Area Public Library. It is free and open to the public. The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham.