Presenter Name: Fred Kirchner
Presentation Title: Places, People & Poetry: Pedaling Adventures of Fred K.
Fred Kirchner has been pedaling around the Miami Valley since 2005 when he took a job with the Dayton Metro Library and moved to Oxford, OH. He relocated to Dayton in 2007 and bought a Surly LHT in 2012. He’s cycled the Great Allegheny Passage with his wife, Suzanne, and has taken solo trips all over the Midwest from Dayton. Most recently, he rode from Dayton to Allegan, MI last April (NW of Kalamazoo). 300 miles in 4 days–plus a rest day to dry out in Shipshewana, IN. He’s also a poet. Some of his cycling poems appeared in ‘The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems,’ published by Breakaway Books. Come hear stories from the road, a few poems, advice about gear and encountering dogs, and suggestions about where to stay in Fort Loramie when you’ve ridden 60 miles to get there and it’s 40 degrees and raining.
Fred Kirchner calls himself the Pedalin’ Poet. He works for the Dayton Metro Library. Ever since his little sister taught him to ride a bike, he’s loved traveling under his own power on two wheels. His first bike tour was a day ride to the Columbus Airport in the mid 70s on a coaster brake Schwinn Stingray with a banana seat and waffle grips. He and Mike Kentner took 5th Ave from Grandview Heights, riding on sidewalks most of the way. In 2005 his poetry chapbook, Platform of an Unacknowledged World Legislator, won a national literary prize. He’s also had his cycling poetry published in anthologies and journals. In 2012 he bought a Surly LHT and has been touring around the Midwest whenever the work schedule permits. In 2015, Fred’s LHT, Chromeheart, guest starred in the Dayton Theater Guild’s production of 4000 Miles–a play by Amy Herzog about a cycle tourist.