Two visiting poets to read from their works Feb. 18

Gay_and_MeitnerTwo visiting poets, Ross Gay and Erika Meitner will be welcomed to the Huntington campus this month in conjunction with the  A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series, a program that invites six to eight writers every year to read publicly from their bodies of work.

Poetry readings from Gay and Meitner are scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in Smith Hall 154   A book signing will immediately follow the readings.

Gay is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University and the author of two poetry collections: Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006) and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, and Sou’wester, among many other places. Gay was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up outside of Philadelphia. He also teaches at the low-residency MFA in poetry program at Drew University and is a Cave Canem fellow.

Meitner is a National Poetry Series winner and the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), and Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011). Meitner is a first-generation American whose maternal grandparents survived the Auschwitz, Ravensbruck and Mauthausen concentration camps. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, as well as the Morgenstern Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia.

The English Department, Center for African American Students and College of Liberal Arts, along with the Jewish Benevolent Association and B’Nai Sholom congregation in Huntington, are sponsoring the event.

“The Visiting Writers Series would like to thank the MU Center for African American Students, B’nai Sholom Congregation, and the Jewish Benevolent Association of Huntington,” said Dr. Rachael Peckham from the Department of English. “Their support has given this community access to two incredible poets and thinkers in Ross Gay and Erika Meitner.”

A small reception will take place before the readings from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor Drinko Library atrium.  Both the reception and the readings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Peckham  at ext.6-3649.