2/27/17 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2017 Reading Series that will feature a poetry reading by Bruce Weigl on March 20, a nonfiction reading by Alex Lemon on March 27 and a fiction reading by Robin Black on April 3.
All readings, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education.
Weigl is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including The Abundance of Nothing (2012), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; The Unraveling Strangeness (2002); Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems (1999); After the Others (1999); and Song of Napalm (1988), which was also nominated for a Pulitzer.
He also has written several collections of critical essays, has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry, including Writing Between the Lines: An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences (1997) and Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948–1993; A Bilingual Collection (1998). Weigl’s own poetry has been widely anthologized, including in Best American Poetry (1994), The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (1985), Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (1993), and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006).
Weigl has won numerous awards for his work, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation. Weigl will be reading from The Abundance of Nothing, Song of Napalm, The Unraveling Strangeness, Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems, and After the Others for the spring 2017 reading series.
Lemon is a poet and memoirist. He is the author of Happy (Scribner), the poetry collections Mosquito (Tin House Books), Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), Fancy Beasts (Milkweed Editions) and the chapbook At Last Unfolding Congo (horse less press). His writing has appeared in Esquire, Best American Poetry 2008, Satellite Convulsions, Tin House, The Bloomsbury Review, and The Southern Review.
Among his awards is a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is co-editor of LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation and is a frequent book reviewer. Lemon will be reading from his personal works The Wish Book: Poems, Happy: A Memoir, Fancy Beasts, Hallelujah Blackout, and Mosquito for the spring 2017 reading series.
Black is the author of three books, the story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, which was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications; the novel, Life Drawing, longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize; and, most recently, Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collide.
The mother of three grown children, Black lives in Philadelphia with her husband and teaches in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program and the Ashland University Low Residency MFA Program. Black’s readings for the spring 2017 reading series will include Life Drawing, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, and Crash Course.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###