2/17/2004 12:15:04 PM
LYNCHBURG, Va—Shane Book, R-MWC's 2004 Visiting Emerging Writer, will read from his poetry on Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00 P.M. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room located in the Smith Memorial building on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The reading is free and open to the public.
Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Canada and Ghana, Book has worked a variety of jobs including rickshaw runner, construction worker and policy analyst for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. A co-founder of Vancouver-based Smoking Lung Press, he has published widely in journals and anthologies and won such awards as the San Francisco State Poetry Center's Rella Lossy Award, The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Charles Johnson Prize in Poetry, and a National Magazine Award. He has also received scholarships to Breadloaf and the Cave Canem Workshop/Retreat for African American Poets, as well as the Zora Neale Hurston scholarship to the Naropa Summer Writing Program. In 2000 he earned an MA from New York University where he was awarded the New York Times Fellowship in Poetry. In 2002 he received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop where his work won an Academy of American Poets Prize.
For more information on this reading, or others in the series contact Jim Peterson, associate professor of English and coordinator of the creative writing program, at 434-947-8513.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications