Oct. 18, 2007
By Michelle Davey
Distinguished alumni of the creative writing program will return to campus Thursday, Oct. 25, to read from their recently published works. The four award-winning writers -- Ashley Capps, Matthew Cooperman, John Gallaher and Leilani Hall -- also will visit undergraduate classrooms, conduct workshops for creative writing graduate students, hold a colloquium for Honors Tutorial College English majors and meet individually with poetry graduate students.
Each year the English department's Program in Creative Writing invites a poet-in-residence to campus for several days. The visitor is usually a professor from another university who has published several books. This year, department members decided to change the event slightly and invite four poets who have a connection with the university, said Kevin Haworth, special events coordinator in the English department.
The event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate successful graduates of creative writing, Haworth said.
"All four of these poets have published books, won awards and received terrific recognition in the field," he said. "Simply put, they are successful poets, and we want to celebrate that."
Capps received her master's degree in English from Ohio University. She recently authored her first book of poems, "Mistaking the Sea for Greenfields," which was selected for the 2005 Akron Poetry Prize.
Cooperman has written two full-length collections of poetry, including "A Sacrificial Zinc," winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. He also has written several chapbooks and received the Wick Chapbook Prize for his book "Surge." Cooperman teaches poetry and poetics at Colorado State University.
Gallaher's recently published collection, "The Little Book of Guesses," received the Levis Poetry Prize. His third book, "Looselife," is slated for publication in 2010. Gallaher teaches in Missouri and co-edits The Laurel Review.
Hall is the author of "Swimming the Witch," a collection of poems. Her poetry also has appeared in the North American Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Water-Stone and The Journal. She is an assistant professor of English at California State University Northridge, where she teaches poetry writing and creative writing theory.
Admission is free for the poetry reading, which will take place in Galbreath Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25.