Visiting Writers Series: Joan Murray

The accomplished poet, writer and playwright will read from and discuss her award-winning work.
joan murray
Oct. 7, 2015
7:00 pm
Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series presents a reading by poet, writer, and playwright Joan Murray at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. She will also join Wells students and Visiting Assistant Professor of English Dan Rosenberg for a poetry workshop that afternoon. The reading is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Joan Murray's books include "Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015" (White Pine Press Distinguished Poets Series), "Looking for the Parade" (W. W. Norton), "Dancing on the Edge" and "Queen of the Mist" (both from Beacon Press), and "The Same Water" (Wesleyan University Press). She has contributed poetry, fiction, and essays to such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The Nation, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Sun, The Village Voice, and to such anthologies as The Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize.

Murray is the editor of The Pushcart Book of Poetry and the Poems to Live By anthologies from Beacon. She was commissioned by Broadway's Jujamcyn Theatres, and invited by L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, to develop Queen of the Mist for the stage.

A repeat guest on NPR's Morning Edition, she is also a National Poetry Series Winner, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship Winner, a Wesleyan New Poets Series Winner, and Winner of Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Award.

Murray has been Poet-in-Residence at the New York State Writers Institute, and has given readings and workshops at hundreds of universities and cultural centers, including the Chautauqua Institution, the International Poetry Forum, and the Lark Theatre in Manhattan.

This event is supported by the Virginia Kent Cummings Writer-in-Residence Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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