Community Arts Of Elmira hosts 10048 book launch
Elmira, NY (WENY) -- A well-known author and Corning Community College professor unveiled his new book. It's titled '10048'. The name of the book is inspired by the Zip code of the Twin Towers, before being destroyed by the 9/11 attacks.
9/11 will live in infamy in many American’s lives. This as thousands of book have been written, regarding the events and the aftermath of the attack. But a corning professor and author took a different approach when writing his book, filled with poems.
“I found myself just returning to compelling images of strange things that happened that I felt something and I though maybe other people would to.” said, Edward Dougherty, the books author.
Dougherty spent 15 plus years, taking many breaks, trying to capture the feelings surrounding the September attack and writing 10048. He launched 10048 at the Community Arts of Elmira's original works series.
That's our concentration in the original works series is to have people come and perform their own creations.” said Joe Caparulo the Community Arts of Elmira, Vice President.
Dougherty read excerpts from 10048. One such poems is one of the first poems in the book called blow back.
“I really wanted to get at the human dimension. Cause there's always a human story. the people who build it, the people who bombed it and the people that were their.” said Dougherty.
Part of Dougherty's inspiration came from those not there. His past writing have focused on other traumatic events in human history such as Hiroshima. But hitting so close this book marks another critical moment in the nations history. As a professor Dougherty teaches people who learn about 9/11 in history books class and during his lectures in stead of remembering what they were doing when the towers fell.
“The incoming freshman are 17, 18, 19 years old. So they don't have direct experience of it and I knew this was a defining event of our generation.” said Dougherty.
Dougherty says he had a moral obligation to write this book. And after 15 years, one of the places he called home allowed him to share his creation.
“It's really great to have somebody that's local and renowned to have a little bit more pride in our community.” said Dallas Winchell a board of directors member for the Community Arts.
Though, Dougherty teaches English his book will make sure his student's and others know the history of 9/11.
For information on how you can get a copy of the book head to the Community Arts of Elmira website: http://www.communityartsofelmira.com/