Prize-winning poets to read at Lewes library July 24 

July 15, 2019

José Padua, winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Award, and his wife Heather Lynne Davis, winner of the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize at Syracuse University, will read from their works from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, at Lewes Public Library.

Padua’s manuscript, “A Short History of Monsters,” was selected for the award by Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States, and the book was published by University of Arkansas Press.

Davis’s book, “The Lost Tribe of Us,” was published by Main Street Rag and received its poetry book award. She is also the recipient of the Larry Neal Writer’s Award and the Bethesda Literary Festival essay and poetry prizes, and won the 2007 Arlington County Moving Words Poetry Contest. She holds a master of arts degree in creative writing from Syracuse University.

Local poet Jack Mackey will share the stage with Padua and Davis. He holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Maryland. His work has appeared in several literary journals, and he is a member of Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild and Coastal Writers.

Padua and Davis will have copies of their books available for purchase and signing.

To register, call 302-645-2733. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, go to