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Poet and blues musician to perform April 21

4/16/2004 4:48:28 PM


LYNCHBURG - Poet Lisa Williams and singer/songwriter Mike Norris will read and perform on Wednesday, April 21st at 8:00 PM in the Jack Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

Lisa Williams received a M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati, where she held the Elliston Fellowship and received the Elliston Prize; and a M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Virginia, where she held a Henry Hoynes Fellowship and received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has been published in Raritan , The New Republic , Poetry , New England Review , Literary Imagination , Southwest Review , and Michigan Quarterly Review , among other publications. She recently received Southwest Review's Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award. Her first book, The Hammered Dulcimer , won the May Swenson Poetry Award and was published in 1998. Her work has also been featured in the anthology American Poetry: Next Generation .

Mike Norris is a singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by solo artists and bands in Kentucky and surrounding states. He has been a member of several musical groups, including the Raggedy Robin String Band, who provided music for part of the soundtrack of the CBS miniseries "Bluegrass". Norris is the author of the children's book Bright Blue Rooster , illustrated by Appalachian woodcarver Minnie Adkins. He has also published poems and short stories and is currently a member of the blues trio Billyblues ( In his day job, he is director of communications at Centre College.

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.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations