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Jonathan Greene to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Going Through It”

Jonathan Greene to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Going Through It”

August 24, 2023




What will Kentucky Book Festival visitors find on your table?

Going Through It,  my new book, the 40th of my ‘career’ published around my 80th birthday.

First book was published in 1966. This adds about a third beyond two previous collections reprinted in its pages.

One thinks one progresses and so this would have some of my best work.


Succinct, The Broadstone Anthology of Short Poems edited by myself and Robert West. A wide-ranging anthology of short poems in English and translations from many other cultures and times.


Gists  Orts. Shards, A Commonplace Book, Enlarged & Revised

A Commonplace book, an ongoing collection of quotes from many authors that I think have an impact.

Also a section that has quotes with similar statements that play off one another.


Seeking Light, New & Selected Later Poems

As the sub-title says a fairly comprehension selection of my later poetry work..



Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?

Anyone who reads poetry, is interested in the issues of our time, should be able to gain insight from reading my work.


Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?

Found out late in life that I had one ancestor, Marx Sabel, who wrote poetry. We both published in Poetry magazine.


Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?

I enjoy seeing other writers I know and meeting new ones. And also meeting those who have read my work and look forward to seeing my newer work.



Jonathan Greene was born in New York City in 1943. After living in San Francisco twice and graduating from Bard College, he moved to Kentucky in 1966 where members of his family had been living since 1846. Going Through It from Broadstone Books, his 40th book publication, celebrates his 80th birthday.