As part of our Fogle Author Series funded by the Greater Alliance Foundation, Rodman Public Library is proud to present Professor Richard Gilbert, author of the memoir, Shepherd: a memoir.
"Memoirist Richard Gilbert and his wife are thrilled to learn, upon their move to Appalachian Ohio, that there are still places in America that haven't been overrun by strip malls. When they attempt to put down roots and become sheep farmers, however, they learn the hard way that this region isn’t as welcoming as it seems. Determined to create a hardy, low-maintenance flock, Gilbert discovers as much about himself as he does his sheep, becoming, at long last, a real farmer."
"Richard Gilbert, the author of Shepherd: A Memoir, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, Baltimore, and teaches writing at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he won awards for public service and feature writing and a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University. His essays have appeared in Brevity; Chautauqua; Fourth Genre; Orion; River Teeth; Utne Reader, and other journals. His articles on farming have appeared in Farming: People, Land, Community; Sheep Canada; The Shepherd; and The Stockman Grassfarmer."
Books will be available for purchase and signing.