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New book 'The Village,' by Muskingum University Professor Dr. Vivian Wagner celebrates New Concord-area culture, history

The VillageA new book celebrating New Concord, Ohio-area culture, history and everyday life has been published and is now available for purchase. The book, a collection of poetry titled “The Village,” was written by Muskingum University Associate Professor of English Dr. Vivian Wagner.

“The Village,” published by Kelsay Books, includes poems about individuals who made their mark on the area, such as John Glenn and William Rainey Harper, and historic landmarks, such as the Fox Run S-Bridge, the Historic National Road, and other topics of regional interest. The poems in the collection were originally written as part of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, a poetry marathon in August 2016 in which writers composed 30 poems in 30 days. The painting on the book’s cover was created by local artist, Carrie Turner.

“The poems in this collection represent my experience of daily life in the village of New Concord,” said Dr. Wagner. “I’m grateful for the home that New Concord has provided for me, and these poems are, in a sense, an effort to give back to the village where I’ve lived and raised my family over a number of years.”

A book signing with cover artist Carrie Turner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 5, at Butterfly’s Art in Zanesville, and there will be a library author talk at the Muskingum University library at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Dr. Wagner’s work has appeared in the “Pittsburgh Poetry Review,” “The Lake Silk Road Review,” “The Atlantic,” “Creative Nonfiction,” in addition to several other publications. She is also the author of “Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music,” her memoir, published by Citadel-Kensington.

“The Village” is available for purchase now on Amazon. For additional information, visit