The first of three Georgia Poetry Circuit events for the 2011-12 academic year will begin with father-and-son duo Willis and Tony Barnstone on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Presented by The Georgia Review, a quarterly publication at UGA, the reading will take place at Ciné on 234 W. Hancock Ave. and is free and open to the public.
A former O’Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, Willis Barnstone is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Indiana University. His work on early Christian texts, including The Gnostic Bible (2003) and The New Covenant: The Four Gospels and Apocalypse (2002), are regarded as classics in the field. A Guggenheim fellow, he has been the recipient of many awards and three Pulitzer Prize nominations.
Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College. He served as a visiting distinguished professor in creative writing at Bowling Green State University and as a visiting professor of translation in the doctoral program at the University of California, Irvine. He has received a Pushcart Prize in poetry and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.
Books by both Barnstones will be available for sale courtesy of Byhalia Books. The second and third Georgia Poetry Circuit readings will feature Todd Boss on Feb. 1 and Dave Smith on April 2.