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HALFWAY DECENT SINNERS English Department
Vincennes University
Vincennes, Indiana 47591

January 26, 2007

Dear Mick,

This letter serves as an invitation to share both your poetry and teaching skills in several venues on the campus of Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, on April 19-20, 2007. On April 20, the English Department and Humanities Division sponsor POETRY ON THE GREEN, an annual event that we would like you to participate in. You did this once before, and it was very successful. Moreover, we would like you to conduct another reading for our literary students, faculty, and community members the previous evening, April 19, either in the student union or here in the Humanities building. Of course, as a teacher of World Poetry this semester and one who has used your Hometown, USA  for years and is now using your newly published Halfway Decent Sinners, I would want you to address my class as well. To accommodate all these expectations, then, you would need to be here the night of April 18 and fly home on the 21st.

Mick, having known you for 30 years, I appreciate your readings, your ability to blend wit and poignancy as few others do; in fact, you are rare in that you can make me laugh and cry nearly simultaneously. Likewise, audiences for your new book—young and old—will enjoy the cornucopia of topics and themes such as Catholic School upbringing, father-son issues, parental woes/blessings, and other daily significances such as elusive faith, fragile marriage, and lasting friendships in an unforgiving but lovely world. I’ve witnessed how audiences enjoy the seeming ease with which you deliver your art, and I know they will again in April.

If you accept this opportunity to share your wealth of knowledge with us, and we hope you will, we will pay travel expenses up to $1,000, including airfare, hotel, car rental, and subsistence. Further, we will blanket you with the well-known Hoosier hospitality. That, I know, you won’t be able to resist.

Hoping you choose to accept this assignment, I await your response.

Sincerely,
Jack Mahoney
Professor of English

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