The Lanier Speaker Series in the English department and the Creative Writing Program will host Craig Werner, professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) on Nov. 16-17. His talk, “Love and Happiness: Eros According to Octavio Paz, John Donne and the Rev. Al Green” is at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in room 265 Park Hall.
Werner’s books include Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse, A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America and Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise and Fall of American Soul.
With poet J. Allyn Rosser, Werner will give a reading of his recent fiction at the Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Tasty World, 312 East Broad St.
Rosser is an assistant professor in Ohio University’s Department of English. Her most recent book is Misery Prefigured, winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry. Her first book, Bright Moves, won the Morse Poetry Prize. Rosser earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and now teaches creative writing at Ohio University. Rosser’s reading is sponsored by the Georgia Review.