Jane Olmsted, poet and retired professor of English at Western Kentucky University, will read and discuss her memoir, “The Tree you Come Home To,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Milkweed Event Hall, 202 E. Ninth Street.

Jane Olmsted

“‘The Tree You Come Home To’ tells the story of Jane’s family’s struggle with mental illness, addiction and the crises that followed the murder of her youngest son,” describes the publisher, Legacy Book Press. “It can bring hope and comfort to those facing similar situations and encourage empathy and compassion in those who haven’t.”

Novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, a former Kentucky Poet Laureate, said, “Jane Olmsted’s meticulously detailed account is a wake-up call for schools, churches, social workers, legislators, psychologists, doctors, and all those concerned with mental and emotional well-being. young people at risk”.

An essay Olmsted wrote about the loss of his son, “The Weight of a Human Heart,” won Memoir Journal’s 2001 grand prize for the gun issue. Her poetry and stories have appeared in Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Adirondack 2Review, and Briar Cliff Review.