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Award-winning poet, editor to read at Chapman University

November 8, 2010

Poet Allison Joseph

 Award winning poet and poetry editor Allison Joseph will be the final guest poet in Tabula Poetica’s Poetry Reading Series at Chapman University on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Joseph will deliver a talk at 2:30 p.m. in Argyros Forum 201, and a poetry reading at 5 p.m. in the Henley Room of Leatherby Libraries.

Joseph is the director of the MFA program in creative writing at Southern Illinois University. She is an award-winning writer with six collections of poetry to her credit, and poems published in dozens of journals and magazines. She is also editor of the “Crab Orchard Review,” a nationally recognized literary journal honored by the Illinois Arts Council, and she is the founder of the Young Writers Workshop for high school students, held annually at SIUC.

The list of Joseph’s awards and accomplishments include fellowships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and the Illinois Arts Council; awards such as the Women Poets Series Prize, Word Press Poetry Prize, John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, and the Dancing Poetry Contest — which saw a dance troupe perform an interpretive dance based on Joseph’s poem, “Xenophilia.” Joseph is a featured author in the book “Writing the Future of Black America: Literature of the Hip-Hop Generation,” by Daniel Grassian, and in the film documentary “Beauty Rises,” produced by WTTW-Chicago.

Joseph will be introduced by Chancellor Daniele Struppa. The event is free and open to the public. The series, which opened in Septemeber with an appearance by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout, will close with an MFA reading Nov. 30. For more information, visit the Wilkinson College Blog.

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