WMU News

Poet Rodney Jones presents reading

March 9, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Award-winning poet Rodney Jones will present a free, public reading of his work at Western Michigan University at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in 3512 Knauss Hall. A reception will follow on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

Jones' reading, which is part of the Western Michigan University Reading Series sponsored by the Department of English, replaces a previously scheduled reading for this date and time by Michael Burkhard.

Jones, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, is the author of six books of poetry including "The Story They Told Us of Light," "Things That Happen Once" and "Transparent Gestures," which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Among the other awards his writing has garnered are the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Lavan Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Jean Stein Award of the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

For more information, call Julie Stotz at 616 373-9212.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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