Reading Matters

Poet Linda Pastan will meet, greet, read

Charlotte Lit hit town and quick-as-a-wink lept into the light. Created by Kathie Collins and Paul Reali, the new organization knows how to beat the drum and attract members.

This month, they are bringing to Charlotte former Maryland poet laureate Linda Pastan, a stunning, award-winning writer whose poems delve into the inner workings of family, the deep longings of its members, the bonds we seek to form and to escape.

Three ways to meet Pastan:

1. At a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Midwood International and Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave. For $50, you get a signed copy of Pastan’s latest, “Insomnia,” and a ticket to a reception after the reading. Reservations for the reading required. http://www.charlottelit.org/launch/

2. At a “conversation” with Pastan at 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Charlotte Lit Studio, 1817 Central Ave., for $75. Limited to 24. Reserve your place: http://www.charlottelit.org/launch/

3. At a benefit dinner honoring Pastan at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, in a private home. Cost: $500. To reserve: kathie@charlottelit.org.

Collins and Reali are dreaming the big literary dream. I wish them the best of luck!

Dannye: dpowell@charlotteobserver.com

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