GALESBURG, ILLINOIS (April 4, 2024) — Knox College Caxton Club is thrilled to announce two upcoming poetry readings by esteemed prize-winning poets. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Carl Phillips (above), recipient of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will read on Friday, April 12, 2024, 4-5PM, in the Red Room of Seymour Library.

Author of sixteen books of poetry, including the Pulitzer-winning collection Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020, Phillips is renowned for his profound and evocative verse. His forthcoming collection, Scattered Snows, to the North, is highly anticipated for its release in early fall 2024.

Phillips's accolades also include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and numerous fellowships and awards from prestigious institutions. He currently teaches at Washington University in St Louis.

Eduardo C Corral, whose collection Guillotine received the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for gay poetry, will read on Friday, May 3, 2024, 4-5PM, in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

Eduardo C Corral was the first Latino recipient of the Yale Younger Series Poets Award. He is celebrated for his impactful poetry that resonates with audiences from all walks of life. Corral is celebrated for his skillful fusion of English and Spanish, sensitive approach to history, and thoughtful examination of sexuality. He has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J Howard and Barbara M.J Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Corral's reading promises to be a captivating experience, appealing to a diverse range of readers, particularly those in the Latino and LGBTQ+ communities.

"Carl Phillips selected Eduardo Corral's book Slow Lightning for the Yale Prize in 2011. In my mind, that moment represents how a tradition may be refreshed, and how each generation may foster the next," Nick Regiacorte, Knox Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, said. "While each innovates in his own ways, distinct from any other poet, both Phillips and Corral continue to surprise and move me. Clearly, their poems impact many of us who read and write poetry in this country."

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