ATHENS, Ga. – Poet Brian Henry, assistant professor in the University of Georgia Department of English and director of the Creative Writing Program, will sign copies of his new book on Monday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in room 265 of Park Hall. American Incident is a 172-page collection of prose and poetry that tests the possibilities of genre. The book includes a fragmented novella, a performance text, lyric poems, short-short stories, prose poems, verse essays and parodies.
Henry’s second collection has received critical acclaim. According to Library Journal, Henry’s book “showcases a distinctive American poetŠ Erudite, at times playful, and often requiring several readings, these poems will delight readers who enjoy the work of Charles Olson and Robert Duncan.” Publishers Weekly says, “This capacious volume from a much-remarked young poet-critic offers versatility, up-to-the-minute references, and edgy verbal fireworks framed by a remarkable range of forms.”
His first book of poetry, Astronaut has appeared in the U.S. (Carnegie Mellon University Press), England (Arc Publications), and Slovenia (Modena Publishing). He won the 2001 George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and was shortlisted for the 2000 Forward Prize in England. He has published poetry in numerous magazines, including American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review and New American Writing, as well as in several anthologies. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia in 1997-98 and is editor of the internationally acclaimed Verse and founder of Verse Press.