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Poets to speak at Drake Writers and Critics series March 8

March 1, 2006

CONTACT: Dina Smith, (515) 271-3127, dina.smith@drake.edu
Lisa Lacher, (515) 271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


As part of the Drake University Writers and Critics Series, poets Lisa Jarnot and Mark McMorris will read from their work and discuss writing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center, 29th Street and University Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

Jarnot has edited two small magazines — No Trees and Troubled Surfer – as well as The Poetry Project Newsletter and An Anthology of New American Poetry. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: “Some Other Kind of Mission,” “Ring of Fire” and “Black Dog Songs.” Her biography of San Francisco poet Robert Duncan is forthcoming from University of California Press. She teaches at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Long Island University and Brooklyn College.

McMorris, a two-time winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series Award from the University of Georgia Press, is the author of four books of poetry: “The Café at Light,” “The Blaze of the Poui,” “The Black Reeds” and “Moth-Wings.” His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in the Americas and Europe and An Anthology of New (American) Poets. He teaches at Georgetown University and coordinates the Georgetown Poetry and Seminar Series.

The schedule for the remainder of the spring series appears below:



  • Paula Amad, a film criticism expert who teaches at the University of Iowa, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, room 206 of Cline Hall of Pharmacy and Science, 2802 Forest Ave.
  • Charles D’Ambrosio, a visiting writer at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, lounge of Medbury Hall, 2730 Forest Ave.
  • Scott Russell Sanders, novelist and professor of creative writing at Indiana University, 8 p.m. Monday, May 1, room 206 of Cline Hall.

The Drake Writers and Critics Series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact Dina Smith at (515) 271-3127 or dina.smith@drake.edu.