Ron Whitehead

If the title “outlaw poet” isn’t delightfully oxymoronic enough for you, how about pairing the outlaw Ron Whitehead with his “Mama” at the public library? That kind of mold-breaking, literary rabble rousing is trademark Whitehead. His writing, similarly, is somehow folksy and avant-garde at the same time, undoubtedly unique and engaging, and Whitehead really will be with his “Mama” and co-author, Greta Render Whitehead reading from their book “MAMA: a poet’s heart in a Kentucky girl” at the Main Library this Saturday. Often cited in these pages for his work preserving Hunter S. Thompson’s legacy, Whitehead’s other mission is preserving his family’s legacy, especially his mother’s, and a treasured way of life in rural Kentucky. Mama’s Opry Band will provide old-time country music with a book signing to follow.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Main Library
2 p.m. | Free
301 York St