Write Thing - Kent Johnson

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October 20, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Kent JohnsonThursday, October 20, 2011

Kent Johnson, poet and innovative essayist

Kent Johnson was raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is editor, translator, or writer of nearly thirty collections related to poetry, among them Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry (Shambhala, 1991) and Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (Roof Books, 1998). In Fall, 2012, his book A Question Mark above the Sun: Documents on the Mystery Surrounding a Famous Poem "by" Frank O'Hara will be republished by Starcherone Books. His awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship, and the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Facutly Member in 2004. This brief bio in no way accounts for the controversy Johnson has brought to poetry with his radical ideas about authorship and experimentation.

All readings are 7 p.m. Thursdays in The Academic Commons, Fourth Floor, Main Building. All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are available.

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Medaille College's Write Thing Reading Series just might be one of the most eclectic visiting artist series at any educational institution in Buffalo. Each semester, Medaille invites from 3 to 6 published poets and fiction writers to campus for readings and/or class visits. Students at Medaille have the unique chance to meet up close and personal with Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award finalists, Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, and some of the most renowned international writers of today - as well as up-and-coming younger writers.

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