The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will host a poetry reading and book signing of "Watermark" by Milford resident Elisabeth Stoner at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. Stoner published "Watermark," a collection of her poetry, in 2016 for the purpose of raising funds for MERR, the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute. The event is free and open to the public. Signed books may be purchased for $15.
Previous readings took place in March at the Lewes Public Library and in June at Abbott's Grill in Milford. Stoner, with her quick wit and often self-deprecating humor, gives an inside view of her poetry and herself as she introduces each poem. Her topics resonate with shared experiences, and reflect her views of family relationships, aging, her deep appreciation of flora and fauna, and her passionate love of the ocean and all its creatures. Rachel Hickerson, also of Milford, will serve as reader.
Stoner was profiled in the September issue of Delaware Beach Life magazine. The 83-year-old keeps a busy schedule. She teaches poetry at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is a student there as well. Stoner will sign books at MERR's annual Finraiser Saturday, Nov. 18, at Salero restaurant atop the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth. The poet still manages to find time continue her own writing, practice yoga and have lunch with her many friends.
Suzanne Thurman, executive director of MERR, will be on hand at the poetry reading to briefly discuss MERR's response to strandings, collection of information and education of the public about what is happening to the marine animals along Delaware's coast.