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Poetry Month

To celebrate National Poetry Month (April), Auburn Montgomery plans four events: a reading by a nationally recognized poet, a poetry workshop, a reading by local poets, and an open mic for high school and college students.

Four Mondays of Poetry

April 7: Local Poets Reading: Jeanie Thompson, Tony Crunk, Jesseca Cornelson, and Kimberly Wright. Cloverdale Playhouse. 7:30.

Jeanie Thompson is the author of The Seasons Bear Us and other poetry collections. Her latest project is The Myth Of Water, poems from the adult life of Helen Keller. She is founding director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, and a poetry faculty member in the Spalding University brief-residency MFA Program.

Tony Crunk's first book, Living in the Resurrection, was awarded the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. He has published five additional poetry collections, among numerous other works. He currently serves as Teaching Writer with Alabama Writers' Forum, which provides creative writing instruction to students at Alabama's juvenile detention facilities.

Jesseca Cornelson, an assistant professor of English at Alabama State University, is working on a collection of documentary poems based on Alabama history. Her poetry has recently appeared in Footnote: A Literary Journal of History, Platte Valley Review, and Salamander. She has been an artist-in-residence in the Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence.

Kimberly L. Wright's poetry has recently appeared in digital and print literary journals such as The Southeast Review online, Blood Lotus Journal, and UCity Review. Raised in Mobile, AL, Wright graduated from the University of South Alabama. She has lived in the Montgomery area for more than a decade. 7:30 pm.

April 14: Open Mic at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. Hosted by Foster Dickson and Auburn Montgomery. Open to all high school and college students. 4 pm.

April 21: Workshop (limited to ten participants) with Barbara Wiedemann. Auburn University Montgomery. Email for more information. 7:30 pm.

Barbara Wiedemann, professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, is the author of three chapbooks, Half-Life of Love (2008), Sometime in October (2010), and Death of a Pope and other Poems (2013), all published by Finishing Line Press.

April 28: Denise Duhamel Poetry Reading. Goodwyn 109. 7:30.

Denise Duhamel is the author of twelve poetry books and eleven chapbooks, most recently, of Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005) and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001. Her work has been anthologized widely and over three hundred poems have appeared in literary magazines such as American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, and New Ohio Review. She is the guest editor is for The Best American Poetry 2013, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a professor at Florida International University in Miami.




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