Poet Todd Davis Opens 2010-11 ‘Writer’s Read’ Series Sept. 30

Award-winning author Todd Davis
Award-winning author Todd Davis

The language and literature department will hold its first “Writers Read” of the 2010-11 school year 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Martin Chapel of the Seminary building at EMU.

Award-winning author Todd Davis will read from his poetry focusing on the environment.

About Todd Davis

Davis teaches creative writing, environmental studies and American literature at Penn State University’s Altoona campus. He has written three books of poetry – The Least of These (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming), Some Heaven (Michigan State University Press, 2007) and Ripe (Bottom Dog Press, 2002) and is co-editor of Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, forthcoming).

His poems have been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor, on “The Writer’s Almanac” and by Marion Roach on “The Naturalist’s Datebook” as well as by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.”

Davis is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, named for novelist-poet Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress and poet laureate of the State of Illinois.

Admission and other info

Sign language interpretation will be provided, a new feature this year.

Admission to the program, which includes dinner, is $15. Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, Sept. 24. Tickets may be reserved online or by calling the language and literature department at 540-432-4168.