Poet Roger Reeves Is First in Raymond Carver Series Spring Lineup
Poet Roger Reeves will be the first writer to give a reading in the spring 2016 lineup of the Raymond Carver Reading Series on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
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.
Reeves’ first book, “King Me,” was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013. He has been named a Cave Canem and NEA fellow and is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and Whiting Award. He is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Los Angeles Review of Books said of his writing, “A sophisticated and breathtaking writer, Reeves takes the reader on a harrowing journey: each poem comes packed with arresting imagery, relentless in its examination of how tragedy and trauma become internalized—cleaning out the wounds to understand the pain.”
Other writers in this spring’s lineup are novelist and short story writer Joy Williams, the Richard Elman Visiting Author, March 2; poet and memoirist Brian Turner, March 9; poet JoEllen Kwiatek, March 23; novelist and short story writer Colum McCann, The Jane and Daniel Present Lecturer, April 13; and novelist Dana Spiotta, April 27.