Kenneth Pobo Releases Chapbook with Widener Colleague James Esch as Publisher
"When the Light Turns Green" features the poetry of Dr. Kenneth Pobo, professor of English and creative writing.
Dr. Kenneth Pobo, professor of English and creative writing at Widener University, has released a new chapbook of poetry titled “When the Light Turns Green,” through Spruce Alley Press, a new publishing company started by James Esch, an English and creative writing lecturer at Widener.
“When the Light Turns Green” is a 32-poem chapbook by Pobo that explores a range of topics including aging, memory, the passing of time and loss. The poems also feature imagery from the garden, a common thread in much of the work of Pobo, an avid gardener. Pobo’s poetry in “When the Light Turns Green” is complemented by full-color digital artwork by Stacy Esch, wife of James Esch.
Pobo’s book is the first published by Spruce Alley, which Esch started in the winter of 2013 from his home in West Chester, Pa. He plans to begin by developing projects with writers and artists with whom he has longstanding ties and offer independent voices the chance to be seen, heard and widely read. Currently, he is focused on promoting Pobo’s “When the Light Turns Green,” which is receiving positive reviews from the literary world.
"A flash of everything small in nature that looms large and resonates in our human hearts. Poem after poem brims with the tiniest truths...framing our own existence and our struggle to come to terms with the passage of time and life's inevitable end," said author Nicole Monaghan in her review of “When the Light Turns Green.”
Pobo, a resident of Media, Pa., will release a full length collection of poetry later this year titled “Bend of Quiet” with Blue Light Press. Throughout his career, he has published more than 25 books of poetry and short fiction in addition to countless poems and flash fiction pieces in literary journals and magazines.
He is the winner of the 2009 Main Street Rag Poetry Chapbook Contest, the 2011 Qarrtsiluni Poetry Chapbook Contest and the 2013 Eastern Point Press Chapbook Award.
Pobo earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton College and his master’s and doctorate in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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Photo Caption: Pictured on the right, top is Dr. Kenneth Pobo. James Esch is pictured on the right, bottom.