Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Area poets Houchin, Stringer launch new books

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Poets Ron Houchin and A. E. Stringer will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

The reading marks the American release of Houchin’s The Quiet Jars and Stringer’s Late Breaking, both recently published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland.
Stringer is professor of English at Marshall University and the author of three poetry collections.  His work has appeared in such journals as The Nation, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner and Denver Quarterly.  He has also edited and introduced an edition of Louise McNeill’s classic Appalachian poetry book Paradox Hill (West Virginia University Press, 2009).  He has traveled to read his work in a wide range of American locales and also in Galway, Ireland.  For the past 24 years, he has taught writing and literature at Marshall, where he also coordinated the Visiting Writers Series.
A Huntington native, Houchin is the author of six books of poetry.  His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Southwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Appalachian Heritage, Five Point and many others.  The Quiet Jars is a volume of new and selected poems.  This year Houchin also published a collection of short stories, Tales Out of School (Wind Publications, 2012), and his new poetry collection, The Man Who Saws Us in Half, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. His earlier collection Among Wordless Things received the 2005 Book of the Year Award from the Appalachian Writers' Association.  He has read his work internationally in locales as diverse as Key West, the Czech Republic and Ireland. 
Their appearance, dubbed “The Farewell Tour,” is sponsored by Salmon Poetry of Ireland and NSI Productions.

For more information, call Stringer at 304-696-2403.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
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