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Third Thursday Poetry Series (Spring 2018)

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Jule Collins Smith Museum

901 South College Street

Auburn, AL 36849

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Third Thursday Poetry Series

The spring semester group of poets visit JCSM for the spring 2018 installmentof the Third Thursday Poetry Series. This program has been ade possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Alan Shapiro, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published ten books of poetry, most recently, Old War. He has been the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and an LA Times Book Award in poetry, and has been a finalist in poetry and nonfiction for the National Books Critics Circle Award. He has received two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Shapiro has taught at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1995.

Thursday, Feb.15, 6:30 p.m.

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013) and co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), with the Phantastique Five. He’s a recipient of fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Callaloo Workshops, and the Blyden and Roberta Jackson Fund at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he’s completing a doctorate in African American and multi-ethnic American poetics. Wilson, an Affrilachian Poet, teaches creative writing and African American literature at The University of Alabama.

Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poems: The Tornado Is the World, The Girls of Peculiar, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, and Famous Last Words, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2011), Best New Poets, Boston Review, The Southern Review, Slate, Ploughshares, FIELD, A Public Space, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, Court Green, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, The Normal School, Blackbird, diode, and elsewhere. Pierce is associate professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. ​

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Kevin McIlvoy has published four novels, A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, Hyssop, and a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, and other literary magazines. His novel, At the Gate of All Wonder will be published by Tupelo Press in 2018. Formerly Regents Professor of Creative Writing in the New Mexico State University English Department and fiction editor and editor in chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol, he now teaches in the Warren Wilson College Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Jeanie Thompson has published five collections of poetry, The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller, The Seasons Bear Us, White for Harvest: New and Selected Poems, Witness, which won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Publishers Marketing Association, and How to Enter the River. Her work has appeared in Antaeus, Crazyhorse, Ironwood, North American Review, New England Review, Southern Review, and others. She has received fellowships from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She is director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum and is a poetry faculty member of the Spalding University low-res Master of Fine Arts Writing Program.

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