West Chester U.’s Poetry Center Welcomes MEG DAY for FREE Public Reading on November 19

Meg DayThe West Chester University Poetry Center and the Poetry Faculty Advisory Committee welcome poet Meg Day to campus for a FREE public reading on Tuesday, November 19th. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the special collections room of the Francis Harvey Green Library. Day’s newest book, Last Psalm at Sea Level, will be available for purchase.

Meg Day is West Chester U.’s Poet-in-Residence for the fall semester. As both a deaf and genderqueer poet, Day participated in numerous events and activities throughout the fall semester with targeted student groups. Events included two painting and poetry workshops, an American Sign Language (ASL)/French Round Table Panel, a Deaf Studies/ASL Literature and ASL Poetry event, a meet & greet with the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy, and as guest lecturer for an Intro to Writing class.

Jen Bacon, Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities says, “We are thrilled to have a poet of Meg’s caliber here with us at West Chester. Day’s participation and presence at various campus events has been an inspiration for our students. We now invite the entire campus community, as well as our surrounding public communities, to come hear Day at the public reading on November 19th.”

Day’s Psalm at Sea Level is the winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and The Publishing Triangle’s 2015 Audre Lorde Award, and a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University, a 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, and Jacar Press’ Julie Suk Award. Day is also the winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest and the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest.

Day was raised in northern California’s Bay Area, holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, an M.F.A. from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing with an emphasis on Disability Poetics from the University of Utah. The 2015-2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and a 2013 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Day is Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College. For more information on Meg Day visit www.megday.com

The West Chester University Poetry Center was created in 2000 to further the study and appreciation of Poetry. The Poetry Center offers an active, interesting and diverse slate of activities, all to expand its mission of bringing poetry to an ever-widening audience. The Center’s signature event is the annual Poetry Conference, which offers workshops in poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss trends and recognize achievement. Programming and events have been announced for the 24th Annual Poetry Conference, running June 5 – 8, 2019. For information and to register, visit https://www.wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/poetry/



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