Wed., Nov. 20 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Poetry reading: Michele Harris
Michele Harris will read from a manuscript in progress.
Michele Lynn Harris received her B.A. in English from Allegheny College and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UMass Boston, where she volunteer teaches Literature for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She was awarded the Paul G. Zolbrod prize and the David A. Kennedy prize in poetry. Her poems have appeared inprint from California's Falling Star Magazine to a glass-bottle publication from Dirtflask in the U.K. She has also been published in Anderbo, The Prose-Poem Project, Eclectica, Escarp, Stirring, Uncanny Valley, Anatomy & Etymology, The Columbia College Literary Review, The Susquehanna Review, and others, and has a poem forthcoming in CICADA.
Her manuscript Blackdamp explores the cultural, historical, and emotional geography of rural Western Pennsylvania--a landscape once lit orange by the blast furnaces of steel mills, pockmarked by industry, and now amnesically pastoral. She hopes to resuscitate the memory of this place where woods have grown over whole towns, where a flood struck so deadly it caused fires, and where flowers grow Bunsen-blue among jagger bushes.
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