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Kent Meyers welcomes poet and author Lia Purpura to campus

Poet and author Lia Purpura will give a reading Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. This event is open to the public free of charge.

Lia Purpura, well-known poet and author, will give a reading Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.  The event is hosted by the BHSU Honors Program and Kent Meyers, associate professor of humanities and writer-in-residence at BHSU.    

 Purpura has received many awards for her writing including the Pushcart Prize for her essay “Glaciology,” and the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books for her newest set of poems, “King Baby Poems.”  Her first collection of essay’s entitled, “Increase,” also won the Associated Writing Programs Award and were published by the University of Georgia Press in 2000.

 Purpura is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop where she was a teaching/writing fellow in poetry.  She is also a writer-in-residence at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.  In the spring 2007, she served as Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s master of fine arts (MFA) program in nonfiction, and Coal Royalty Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama’s MFA program in 2008.

 Kent Meyers has been a writer-in-residence at BHSU for two years.  Being a writer-in-residence allows him time to do research and present at writing conferences and workshops in the state and nation.

 For more information contact Amy Fuqua at 642-6397 or AmyFuqua@BHSU.edu.  

This event is open to the public free of charge.

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