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Three New Issues poets offer reading Tuesday

March 10, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Three poets published by Western Michigan University's New Issues Press will offer readings of their works Tuesday, March 11, in 1301 Wood Hall beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public and features authors Myronn Hardy, Sarah Messer and Martha Serpas. Prior to the reading, a question and answer session with the poets is open to WMU students in the English Center, 3009 Brown Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.

Myronn Hardy's collection of poetry, Approaching the Center, appeared from New Issues Press in April 2001. He is currently working on a novel. His poems have been published in Third Coast, Many Mountains Moving, The Black Scholar, Callaloo, and in the anthology Testimony.
A native of Michigan, Hardy now lives in New York City.

Sarah Messer's poetry collection, Bandit Letters, appeared from New Issues Press in October 2001. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A memoir of place, Red House, is forthcoming from Viking. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

New Issues Press released Martha Serpas' collection of poetry, Côte Blanche, in February 2002. Her poems have appeared in several publications, including Uncommonplace: An Anthology of Louisiana Poets, Southern Poetry Review, and the Western Humanities Review. Serpas is a native of Galliano, Louisiana and a frequent lecturer on poetry and belief. She teaches at the University of Tampa.

More information about each author and his or her New Issues collection of poems is available through the "titles" link on the New Issues Web site <www.wmich.edu/newissues>.

The Spring 2003 Reading Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the WMU Department of English. Future readings in the series are:

Patricia Powell
Thursday, March 20, 8:30 p.m.
1301 Wood Hall

For more information, contact Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English at <arnie.johnston@wmich.edu> or call the department office at 269 387-2572.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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