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Poet David Wojahn to give reading

The English department is hosting a reading by poet David Wojahn on March 7 at 6 p.m. at Ciné, 235 W. Hancock Ave. Part of the Helen Spencer Lanier Lecture Series, the reading is free and open to the public.

Wojahn is the author of six collections of poetry, five published by the University of Pittsburgh Press: Spirit Cabinet, The Falling Hour, Late Empire, Mystery Train and Glassworks, winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award. Icehouse Lights, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, was published by Yale University Press.

In addition to his poetry books, Wojahn is the author of Strange Good Fortune, a collection of essays on contemporary poetry, and editor of The Only World, a posthumous collection of his wife Lynda Hull’s poetry. Along with Jack Myers, Wohan is the co-editor of A Profile of Twentieth Century American Poetry.

A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Province-town, the Illinois Arts Council and the Indiana Arts Commission, Wojahn’s awards include the William Carlos Williams Award and the Celia B. Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the George Kent Prize from Poetry magazine and three Pushcart prizes. His poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Kenyon Review, New England Review and TriQuarterly.

Wojahn is a professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty member of the master’s of fine arts in writing program at Vermont College of the Fine Arts.