Athens, Ga. – Poet Ken Irby, one of the first authors published by the influential Black Sparrow Press, will give a reading on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in Park Hall, room 261. Sponsored by the English department’s Lanier Speaker Series, the reading is free and open to the public.
Irby is the author of dozens of broadsides, chapbooks and books from 1965 to the present. Among his books are The Flower of Having Passed Through Paradise in a Dream (1968), Catalpa (1977), and Call Steps (1992). Recent titles include Studies (2001) and Ridge to Ridge (2001). Irby had a long association with Robert Kelly and Clayton Eshleman’s legendary poetry magazine Caterpillar (1967-1973). He teaches literature at the University of Kansas, where he is a professor of English.
Selected poems and more biographical information on Irby may be read on the Electronic Poetry Center’s author index http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/irby/.