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Accomplished Poet Paisley Rekdal Speaking Wednesday for Carver Series
Paisley Rekdal is the next speaker in the Raymond Carver Reading Series, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Gifford Auditorium. She will participate in a Q&A at 3:45 p.m., and will read from her work at 5:30 p.m.
The event—presented by the M.F.A. program in creative writing in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences—is free and open to all.
Her book of poetry “Animal Eye” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Balcones Prize, and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize.
Rekdal has written four other books of poetry: “Imaginary Vessels” (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007), “Six Girls Without Pants” (Eastern Washington University, 2002) and “A Crash of Rhinos” (University of Georgia Press, 2000).
She is also author of “Intimate: An American Family Photo Album” (Tupelo Press, 2012)—a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir that combines poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography—and “The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee” (Knopf, 2000), a book of essays.
Her book-length essay, “The Broken Country: On Trauma, Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam,” is forthcoming in 2017.
Rekdal is recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes and the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. She teaches at the University of Utah.
The Raymond Carver Reading Series is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Syracuse University Library Associates, Stephen King, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Lynn & David Pleet ’53 Fund for Creative Writing, the Richard Elman Visiting Writer Fund, The Friends of Creative Writing, Chris Tennyson, Jerome Cohen, and the Interdisciplinary Fund for the Humanities from Leonard and Elise Elman.