Tradition of Literary Artistry Continues with Augustana’s River Readings Print
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Written by Emily Timmons   
Monday, 17 September 2012 07:18

Augustana College is excited to be hosting renowned poet Carl Phillip as part of its River Readings program.

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Rock Island, IL/ Sept. 12 2012 –Augustana College will continue its River Readings program on Thursday, Sept. 20 with poet Carl Phillip. Phillips will discuss his work and career and do a free reading followed by a reception and book signing. The event will be held at7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside Denkmann Hall (3520 7th Ave). Every reading is open to the public and the campus community alike.

“The River Readings gives both students and members of the Quad Cities community a chance to meet, face to face, with internationally renowned authors. It's not every day we get the opportunity to talk to someone whose work will appear in literature textbooks for generations to come.” – said Dr. Kelly Daniels, River Readings coordinator and assistant professor of English.

Phillips is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 and Riding Westward. His collection The Rest of Love won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry.  His book Pastoral won the 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and in 2002 he received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for The Tether. In 2006, he was named the recipient of the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets.  Phillips is currently a Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program.  A few copies of Phillips’s books, Double Shadow and Quiver of Arrows, will be available for purchase after the reading

For years Augustana has brought writers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction to campus from all corners of the country to present their work in a free reading on campus.  In the past, Augustana,has invited Marvin Bell, Simon Ortiz, Gerald Stern, and Jill Essbaum to share their work.  Later in this academic year, Augustana will host fiction writers Peter Geye on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Donald Ray Pollock on Thursday, Apr. 18.

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