Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

Ashland University English Department Sets Spring Reading Series

2/8/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2016 Reading Series that will feature a poetry reading by Anna George Meek on Feb. 29, a nonfiction reading by Scott Russell Sanders on April 13 and a fiction reading by Jeffrey Lent on April 20.

The poetry and fiction readings will be held in the Ronk Lecture Hall at the Dwight Schar College of Education. The nonfiction reading will be held in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. All readings will begin at 4 p.m.

Anna George Meek has published in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Seneca Review, The Missouri Review (where she was awarded the Tom McAfee Discovery Prize), Water~Stone, Crazyhorse, and many others. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poetry Prize, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, and has also been a finalist for the National Poetry Series (twice), the Minnesota Book Award, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Her first book, Acts of Contortion, won the 2002 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and was published by Wisconsin University Press. Meek lives with her husband and daughter in Minneapolis where she works as a freelance musician and as a professor of English. For the spring 2016 reading series, she will be reading her personal works; The Genome Rhapsodies, Acts of Contortion, and Engraved.

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto. His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012) and Divine Animal: A Novel (2014). A collection of stories titled Dancing in Dreamtime will be published in 2016, along with a new edition of his documentary narrative, Stone Country. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have raised two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.

For the spring 2016 reading series, his readings will include Divine Animal, Earth Works, A Conservationist Manifesto, A Private History of Awe, The Country of Language, The Force of Spirit, Hunting for Hope, In Limestone Country, The Paradise of Bombs, Secrets of the Universe: Scenes from the Journey Home, Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World, Terrarium, and Writing from the Center.

Jeffrey Lent was born in Vermont and grew up there and in western New York State, on dairy farms powered mainly by draft horses. He studied Literature and Psychology at Franconia College in New Hampshire and SUNY Purchase College. He lived for many years in North Carolina, an enriching and formative experience. Lent currently resides with his wife and two daughters in central Vermont. His novel In the Fall was  a national bestseller reprinted four times in its first month of publication, was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2000, and earned Lent placement in both Barnes & Noble's and Borders' new writer programs; his follow-up, Lost Nation, was a summer reading pick of The Washington Post and USA Today. Both novels were Book Sense picks, Book of the Month main selections, and have been widely translated and are currently under film option. His readings for the spring 2016 reading series will include After You’ve Gone, A Peculiar Grace, Lost Nation, In the Fall, and A Slant of Light.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###