Ed Pavlic, professor of English and creative writing in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will read from his latest collection of poetry Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Ciné, located at 234 W. Hancock Ave. in downtown Athens.
The new volume, Visiting Hours at the Color Line, was published in July by Milkweed Editions after Pavlic was selected as a winner in the 2012 National Poetry Series. The series ensures the publication of five books of poetry per year through participating publishers, with each book selected by a distinguished poet. Pavlic’s book was selected by Dan Beachy-Quick, author of Mulberry and A Whaler’s Dictionary.
Pavlic’s other published works include But Here Are Small Clear Refractions and Winners Have Yet to Be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway. He has been awarded the Darwin Turner Memorial Prize from African-American Review and the American Poetry Review/ Honickman First Book Prize, among numerous other international honors. He has held fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, The Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The MacDowell Colony and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.
Visiting Hours at the Color Line “attempts to complicate this black and white, straight-line feature of our collective imagination, and to map its nonlinear, deeply colored timbres and hues,” according to the publisher. “From daring prose poems to powerful free verse, Pavlic’s lines are musically infused, bearing tones of soul, R&B and jazz.”
The reading is sponsored by the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the department of English and the creative writing program.