Visiting Writers Series to begin Thursday, Sept. 19, with two poets

WillSchuttMarshall will welcome two visiting poets,Will Schutt and Marcus Wicker, in the first program of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series of the 2013-2014 academic year. They will read from their works beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Gallery 842, which is located at 842 4th Ave.

Schutt is the 2012 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and author of the collection Westerly. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House and the Stadler Center for Poetry. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, FIELD, The New Republic, The Southern Review and elsewhere.

MarcusWickerWicker is the 2012 winner of the National Poetry Series and author of Maybe the Saddest Thing. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., he was the recipient of a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He also has held fellowships from Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center and Indiana University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree. Wicker’s work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit, Third Coast and Ninth Letter, among other journals. He is assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

A casual “Coffee and Conversation” hour with the poets also will take place Sept. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the 3rd-floor atrium of the Drinko Library.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Center for African American Students, the English department and the College of Liberal Arts.