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Authors to give public readings during the 2012 Writers Series hosted by SBU’s Department of English
Several distinguished writers will make separate appearances at St. Bonaventure University this semester as part of the 2012 Writers Series, sponsored by St. Bonaventure’s Department of English and the School of Arts and Sciences.
Each will give readings on campus, which will be open to the public at no charge. The authors and their scheduled readings include:
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Garret Theater: poet, short-story writer and critic Peter Makuck
• Thursday, April 19, 5:10 p.m., Dresser Auditorium, Murphy Professional Building: poet, editor, essayist and teacher Gregory Betts
In addition, a relatively new writer on the literary landscape, Devin Murphy, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from St. Bonaventure in 2002, will return to campus to visit creative writing classes and give a reading. Details of his visit will be announced at a later date.
Other guests and activities, including a visit by a slam poet, will be announced as plans are developed, said Dr. Patrick Panzarella, English chair at St. Bonaventure.
Peter Makuck is a distinguished professor emeritus of English at East Carolina University, where he was also the first distinguished professor of arts and sciences. In 1978, he founded the internationally acclaimed magazine Tar River Poetry.
His eighth volume of poetry, “Long Lens: New & Selected Poems,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by its publisher, BOA Editions. His collection of short stories, “Costly Habits,” was nominated for the Pen/Faulkner Award, and he has five times received honorable mention in “Best American Short Stories.”
Makuck’s awards and honors include a Fulbright professorship in France, the Monroe Spears Award for the best essay to appear in the Sewanee Review in 2010, the Charity Randall Citation for poetry, and the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for best book of poems by a North Carolinian in 1989.
He has also been a lecturer in the Poets in Person series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Makuck will spend two days on campus and will visit English classes prior to his April 10 reading.
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