A terrific evening for poetry took place on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Performing Arts Center at the Sussex County Community College (SCCC) as Professor Orr, a full professor who teaches literature and writing courses, signed copies of her new poetry book, Losing the Horizon—a collection that speaks directly to our human need; connecting emotionally with another. 

Reading a few selections of her poems, Professor Orr‘s tone of voice was relaxed as it was not necessary to give any of these poems a dramatic reading as if from a stage. They were read clearly and slowly as she let the words of the poem do the work.  As she read, Orr found her way through relationships and stages of life—and invited us along for the ride.

A recent review notes, “These poems, expressed with clarity, wisdom and grace, treat nostalgia without sentimentality.  They come full circle, from the complexities of childhood to contemplation of aging and the ever-present specter of death, giving full measure to the persistent tug of grief on the human heart.”

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Priscilla Orr is also the author of Jugglers & Tides, from Hannacroix Creek Books; a recipient of fellowships from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Yaddo and twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Orr’s poems been awarded and have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Nimrod, Worcester Review and other journals. 

Orr is the editor of The Stillwater Review, an international literary journal published by the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center, and she is both the current director of the center and the founding director.  She works as a poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. 

Orr lives with Crosby, her Norwich terrier in Hamburg, NJ.

The book is a must read for anyone who enjoys poetry and will make the perfect addition to your personal library!

For further information on this refreshing word-smith, please call (973) 300-2194.