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Poetry Reading and Book Signing at The State Library

Hear Ashley N. Nester on Thursday, August 6

Ashley Nichole Nester got her start in the darkroom when she was 13 years old. She remarks that she fell spontaneously in love, even though the gratification was far from instant. “Working solely in the mysterious dark to get the film from the camera and into the development can… the way the greasy film would slide through my fingers… working on each photo under the enlarger, completely submerged in what my mind and hands were doing together… it took a long time to get each capture just right, but I loved it.”

Her first fine art photography book, Found. Still Lost., is an exploration of abandonment. The entire book is black and white. Each piece is accompanied by an original poem by her brother, John. Followers describe John’s poetry as “transformative.”

Together, the two set out to echo words they’ve heard from others over the years when they were battling some of the harshest times of their lives – addictions, affairs, broken hearts, illnesses, loveless relationships, inner demons. The goal of the book is singular – to reach lives. To let everyone know that they are never truly alone.

Join Ashley and John for the next lunch and learn event at The State Library, Law Library Room on Thursday, August 6 for a poetry reading between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Various fine art work will be on display during the event.

Order your book in advance at > Our Books > New Releases > Found. Still Lost. and bring it along for signing at the event! Also available to borrow at the State Library.

Questions should be directed to Ellen Shenk at 717.783.5969 or

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