Poet, Chuck O'Neil, donates all book proceeds to Pike United Way

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:01

MILFORD -Chuck O’Neil is a poet of astonishing talent. His two books of poetry, “The Perfect Scar,” and “Eating Out,” are miracles of grace and clarity; accessible to those who are not poets themselves, yet widely admired by his peers. A native of Connecticut, Chuck brings many special experiences to his art. He was editor of his college literary magazine, a commune-dweller, a musician. He’s currently the owner of an architectural woodworking business, husband, father of four, and active in the life of his adopted community, Milford. Chuck is also a fan of Pike United Way. He came to know its work and its mission when his daughter Sara worked for the organization as an Americorps* VISTA volunteer. Each evening, when Sara discussed her day’s activities at the dinner table, Chuck grew more and more impressed with the organization’s commitment to Pike County. In order to help, he decided that he would donate the proceeds from all book sales to Pike United Way. As a result of many requests from readers of his work, the books are autographed. You can purchase them at the Mill Run Booksellers at the Upper Mill, 150 Water Street, or The Gallery at Forest Hall, 101 West Harford Street, or Seventh Street Coffee, just across the street from the Columns on Routes 209 and 6. The cost of each book is $7. Every cent will go to Pike United Way to help provide essential human services to needy people in Pike County.