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October 22, 2013

Poetry reading with Rodney Jones

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents a reading with poet Rodney Jones at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Krannert Auditorium, Room 140.

There will also be a question and answer session with Jones at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Stewart Center, Room 320. Both events, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program at Purdue, and the Thomas H. Scholl Fund, are free and open to the public.

Jones was published in "The Oxford Book of Contemporary American Poetry," and in eight editions of "The Best American Poetry." His books include "Imaginary Logic;" "Salvation Blues:  100 Poems, 1985-2005," which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize; "Elegy for the Southern Drawl," a Pulitzer finalist; "Things That Happen Once," a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist; and "Transparent Gestures," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Jean Stein Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A professor and distinguished scholar emeritus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Currently, he is the Mary Rogers Field Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing at Depauw University. He was born in Alabama and educated at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

News Service contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source: Rebecca McKanna, Visiting Writers Series coordinator, 319-400-9163, rmckanna@purdue.edu