Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Poet Laureate hosts poetry reading March 11

WINONA, Minn. — Winona’s Poet Laureate Ken McCullough will be hosting a poetry reading at Saint Mary’s University on Thursday, March 11. This reading — free and open to the public — is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the President’s Room, located in the Toner Student Center.

McCullough will be reading some of his recent poems, along with some of his favorites. Refreshments will be provided. Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is sponsoring this event.

Ken McCullough’s most recent books of poetry are Obsidian Point, and Walking Backwards, as well as a book of stories, Left Hand. He has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Academy of American Poets Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pablo Neruda Award, a Galway Kinnell Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Poetry Award, the Blue Light Book Award and the Capricorn Book Award. He was also awarded an Iowa Individual Artist’s grant and two Jerome Fellowships. McCullough has collaborated with Cambodian writer U Sam Oeur on a bi-lingual edition of his poetry, Sacred Vows, and a memoir, Crossing Three Wildernesses. McCullough lives in Winona with his wife, playwright Lynn Nankivil, and son Orion, and works at Saint Mary’s University.

For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Ayers at (507) 457-1523 or