Any time VOX does a program around Oxford, I go to it…Last year the line-up was amazing with not only local talent, but National names such as Barry Hannah, Neil White, Jack Pendarivis, etc, but the one I enjoyed especially, a night at the Power House with Jim Dees. For those of us who see Jim around town, we see a friendly face, a well-known local writer, editorialist, and author, but for those of us who really didn’t know Jim, VOX gave us opportunity.
This is what is special about VOX. We hear the voice of the authors, the voice of the people whose names we see in print, whose logos we see in the newspapers, but whose faces we only see when VOX puts on an event. The writers are not only there to read, they are there to respond to us, and to interact with those who love their work.
We realize at every VOX presentation the magic of realizing that the writers we love are just as human as we are.
I will treasure forever the night of Barry Hannah’s last public appearance. We were at an event sponsored by VOX at Off Square Books in Oxford. Barry walked in late, with Glenn Ray Tutor, his book cover artist and the two of them conversed as if we weren’t there, yet we were a part of the gathering, an audience for which this conversation took place. When Barry didn’t like the introduction given to him by one of his admirers, he simply said to the man…”You need to get a life.” This we realized is what made Barry great…his ability to speak without fear and tell us all the truth about who we are and what we do.
VOX is special to me because I write, because one day I hope to speak at a VOX event, but mostly because VOX is the voice for those who love reading, writing, and speaking about the condition and hope of each of us. We are the force or so VOX readers lead us to believe….