April 08, 2009 12:00AM
An award-winning poet will bring his words to Pittsburg State University next week as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.
Jeffrey Thomson, an author and environmentalist who serves as an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Maine-Farmington, will present a reading of his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the Axe Library Special Collections Room. The free event will be followed by a reception hosted by Friends of Axe Library.
“Thomson reveals that the natural world contains beauty that is lush, startling, and raw,” said Chris Anderson, assistant professor of English at PSU. “His poetry goes beyond prettiness to find the world’s deep, complex, and sometimes disturbing beauty.”
The author of three books of poems, including Birdwatching in Wartime, Renovation, The Country of Lost Sons, and a co-editor of the upcoming From the Fishhouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, much of Thomson’s recent work stems from his experience in the rainforest of the American neotropics, Costa Rica and Peru in particular. American poet Bob Hicok described the upcoming book as conveying “an almost physical sense of the poet’s curiosity, a wonder that deepens, over the course of the book, to a conveyance of his love for the fullness of the natural world.”
Thomson has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Arts Commission, and was named last year as the 2008 Individual Arts Fellow in the Literary Arts by the Maine Arts Commission.
The reading, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Writers Series, Friends of Axe Library, and the Student Fee Council.
For more information, contact the Department of English at 620-235-4689.