March 13, 2015
Local Poet to Present Public Reading
Poet R.J. Gibson will offer a public reading in the Upshur Reading Room of the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the library, the event is free and open to the public.
Gibson, a 1996 Wesleyan graduate, teaches part-time in Wesleyan’s English department. He holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the chapbooks Scavenge (co-winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize) and You Could Learn a Lot, both from Seven Kitchens Press.
A semifinalist for the 2013 Boston Review “Discovery” prize, his work has appeared in Court Green, Waxwing, Columbia Poetry Review, MiPOesias, Kenyon Review Online, the Cortland Review, OCHO, Weave, Waxwing and other journals. His work has been anthologized in My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, and the forthcoming Walk Til the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. A former Lambda Literary Foundation Poetry Fellow, his work has recently been translated into Japanese.
A question and answer session will immediately follow the reading.
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