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Noted Poet to Read at WVU Parkersburg
CONTACT: Rebecca Phillips, associate professor of English, 304-424-8282.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In honor of National Poetry Month, poet John Hoppenthaler will give a reading at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
On Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., he will read from his recently-published book, Lives of Water, which critic David St. John has praised for its “measured composure and quiet wisdom.” The reading will take place in Room 1305 and will be followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of Lives of Water will be available. The program is free and open to the public.
Hoppenthaler received his MFA in Poetry Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. His poetry has appeared in a number of journals, including Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Southern Review, Pleaides, Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, and The Bloomsbury Review, and the anthology September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, edited by William Heyen. His reviews, interviews, and essays regularly appear in such journals as Chelsea, Arts & Letters, The Bellingham Review, Pleiades, and Kestrel, where he is Poetry Editor. Among his honors are an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a foreign travel grant from West Virginia University, and six Pushcart Prize nominations. He is currently editing a collection of essays and interviews on the work of Jean Valentine.
His reading is part of the WVU at Parkersburg Humanities Speakers Series. For further information, contact Rebecca Phillips at 304-424-8282.
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