SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville Free Library announces that local author George Clever will speak at the library on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. and present his book of poetry, Dancing With Grandfather, published by Outskirts Press. For the author, "poetry is an art form at once profoundly personal and transcendentally communal. It is an action we can take to release frustrations, return to balance in times of stress, examine the avenues that only mind and spirit can travel, and strengthen our connections to each other."
Clever grew up in a small Western New York steel town in the 1950s. He earned a B.S. from Buffalo State College, and a M.Ed. from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also did his doctoral studies. Clever has taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels, served as assistant dean of student affairs for Native American Programs at Stanford University, and Dean of Students at Carl Sandburg College. He has published mathematics education and student services articles.
A father of seven children, Clever is a member of the United States Marine Corps League, and served as a lieutenant colonel in the New Mexico State Guard. Upon retiring from New Mexico State University, his writing focus has been poetry, a book of short stories, and another on his life experiences as a Native American, Lenape, Eastern Delaware Nation and Unami Clan. Clever is a traditional artist and musician.
This program is free and open to the public and is part of the library's Adult Summer Reading Program. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. The library is located at 15 Main St. in Sinclairville. For information about library programs and events, call 962-5885 or visit the library's website at www.cclslib.org/sinclairville.