The Wells College Visiting Writers Series will welcome Matt Hart for a reading of his work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 9, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. Admission is free and all are welcome. Hart will also hold a writing master class at 12:30 p.m. in Main Building’s Faculty Parlors. The master class will begin with a poetry sermon called “On Call & Response,” composed particularly for this visit, and then lead to a wide-ranging discussion.
Matt Hart is the author of seven books of poems, including “Radiant Action” (H_NGM_N Books, 2016), “Radiant Companion” (Monster House Press, 2016), and “Blue Jay Slayer,” an art and poetry collaboration with artist Ken Henson (Aurore Press, 2015). Hart’s poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including The Academy of American Poets online, Big Bell, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, Jam Tarts Magazine, jubilat, Kenyon Review online, Lungfull!, and POETRY, among others.
Hart’s awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
The Visiting Writers Series presents four to five events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. These writers not only give public readings of their work; they also conduct writing workshops, participate in classes and discussions and often hold individual conferences with interested student writers. These events are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.