Poetry reading with Mark Turcotte March 25 at Purdue

March 5, 2014  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Poet Mark Turcotte will speak at Purdue University on March 25.

The Literary Reading Series event, which is free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium, Room 140. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program.

Turcotte, who is part of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is author of four poetry collections, including "The Feathered Heart" and "Exploding Chippewas." His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many literary journals, including TriQuarterly, POETRY, Hunger Mountain, Rosebud, Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence and The Missouri Review.

He was the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Grant, and has been awarded two Literary Fellowships by the Wisconsin Arts Board. He was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation's "American Voices" project, and was awarded a Lannan Writer's Residency in Marfa, Texas. His poem, "The Flower On," was part of the Poetry Society of America's "Poetry In Motion" project, which placed poetry placards on public transportation in cities across the United States. His work is included in the NEA/Poetry Foundation high school recitation project "Poetry Out Loud." In recent months he has been invited to share his work from Boston to Santa Fe to Fargo to Montepellier, France.

Turcotte served as the 2008-2009 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. He lives in Chicago where he is currently serving as visiting assistant professor in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University. 

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

Source: Rebecca McKanna, visiting writers' coordinator, 319-400-9163, rmckanna@purdue.edu 

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