Poet JoEllen Kwiatek to Read for Carver Series on March 23

Poet JoEllen Kwiatek will be the next writer to give a reading in the spring 2016 Raymond Carver Reading Series on Wednesday, March 23.

JoEllen Kwiatek

JoEllen Kwiatek

The series, which brings 12-14 prominent writers to campus each year, is presented by the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, in conjunction with the “Living Writers” undergraduate course (ETS 107). The series takes place on Wednesdays in Gifford Auditorium, starting with a Q&A at 3:45 p.m., followed by an author reading at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Kwiatek received the 2014 Iowa Poetry Prize for “Study for Necessity.” A former associate professor in the Department of English and Writing Arts at SUNY Oswego, she received a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, “Eleven Days Before Spring: Poems,” was published by HarperCollins in 1994.

Geoffrey Nutter says of “Study for Necessity”: “… Kwiatek’s work seems meant to be read on the page, at one’s own pace, and in a kind of meditation. They remind me of carefully composed paintings that show figures in tableaux that are strange and almost otherworldly; but then again, of thoughts that are in the process of materializing into language as through a bright fog.”

Other writers in this spring’s lineup are novelist and short story writer Colum McCann, The Jane and Daniel Present Lecturer, April 13; and novelist Dana Spiotta, April 27.

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