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Poet Leslie Miller returns to university, participates in workshop

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (April 5, 2004) -- An ekphrastic poem is one that provides a response to visual art. The poet's imagination defines, redefines, or simply reacts to an original piece of art.

Those intrigued by the concept have a unique learning opportunity with activities scheduled at Ohio University Zanesville Campus for the annual Kennedy Lecture. After an overwhelming response to her visit last spring, poet Leslie Adrienne Miller was invited back to the university for an encore performance. This time in addition to a poetry reading, she will also participate in a workshop introducing the topic of ekphrastic poetry.

Miller's "Eat Quite Everything You See" is a book of poetry written as she wandered through the ever-changing landscapes of Europe, discovering it is she who seems exotic, foreign, a stranger to herself. Other titles by Miller include "Yesterday Had a Man In It" and "Ungodliness."

A Professor of English at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota, Miller is the daughter of Zanesville residents Ray G. Miller, a retired circuit court judge, and Martha Ann Miller, a retired schoolteacher from Newton Elementary.

At noon on Thursday, April 15, in the Elson Hall Auditorium, Miller will present a reading of her work. "Yesterday Had a Man In It and Other Musings on the Art of Writing Poetry," the working title of the presentation, is free and open to the public.

The ekphrastic poetry workshop runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and while students may receive college credit, anyone interested in poetry may also join the workshop for only $10. Miller will work with students as they begin to write their poems, and Associate Professor of English Michael Nern will provide follow up with students as they refine their work.

The Kennedy Lecture Series was established in the fall of 1962 by a contribution to Ohio University from Edwin L. and Ruth Kennedy, who wanted a premier lecture series that served to enrich the lives of members of the university and local communities. For more information on any of these events, contact Nern at (740) 588-1465 or at nern@ohio.edu

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