Poet Austin MacRae to Hold Reading

Local poet and literary editor will present his recent work.




7:00 pm


Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

General Info

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series hosts poet Austin MacRae for a reading of his work at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. His reading is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Austin MacRae is the author of “The Organ Builder,” published by Dos Madres Press of Loveland, Ohio.  He has also published two chapbook collections, “The Second Rose” (FootHills Publishing, 2002) and “Graceways” (Exot Books, 2008). MacRae has earned recognition as a past finalist for the Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize and as a Pushcart Prize nominee.

His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Stone Canoe, Measure, The Formalist and many others.  His poems have been included in anthologies such as “Villanelles,” edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali, “The Best of the Barefoot Muse,” edited by Anna Evans and “Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets,” edited by William Baer.

Keuka College Professor of English Robert Darling describes Macrae’s work as “both accessible and challenging,” exhibiting “considerable technical mastery”; the Poetry Foundation’s Rhina P. Espaillat wrote: “Like boxes inside of boxes, these gorgeously composed poems, which include sonnets, villanelles and sestinas, are full of well-made things to be examined up close.”

MacRae was born in Cortland, N.Y., and raised on forty acres of family farmland. A graduate of Keuka College, he now teaches English at Tompkins Cortland Community College and serves as literary editor of Free Inquiry magazine. The Wells College Book Arts Center is preparing hand-printed broadsides of MacRae's villanelle “Mowing”; these will be available for purchase at the reading.