Bob Hicok, award-winning author of four collections of poetry and a two-time contributor to the annual Best American Poetry series, will read from his work at 4 p.m. on April 7 in room 265 of Park Hall. The reading is sponsored by the Georgia Review and the Georgia Poetry Circuit, a consortium of state colleges and universities that brings poets of national renown to the state each year. The reading is free and open to the public.
Hicok’s books are The Legend of Light (1995), Plus Shipping (1998), Animal Soul (2001) and his latest, Insomnia Diary (2004). He has received two Pushcart Prizes, the 1995 Felix Pollack Poetry Prize, an NEA Fellowship and a 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award nomination.
Hicok recently took a teaching position at Virginia Tech, but for 17 years he worked as an automotive-die designer, figuring ways to shape sheet metal into car parts. His poetry has a vitality and independence that rely on this nonacademic background.