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Distinguished Visiting Writers Series welcomes famed poet

February 19, 2010 12:00AM

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Author Oliver de la Paz will read from his poetry Feb. 25

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It is impossible to return to the safe territory of the person you were before you read these achingly beautiful poems filled with terror and gracenotes. "
~ Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of "At the Drive-In Volcano"
rated author Oliver de la Paz will read from his poetry at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Governor's Room of Overman Student Center. This is the second Distinguished Visiting Writer event of the semester.

"Oliver de la Paz has the rare ability to use plain, straightforward language to paint vivid and emotionally powerful pictures of the world," said Chris Anderson, assistant professor of English and fellow poet. "I admire the way his poems turn the experiences of everyday life into moments of unexpected beauty, mystery and thoughtfulness."

Mr. de la Paz has been featured in the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, and the forthcoming Requiem for the Orchard, winner of the Akron Prize for poetry, chosen by Martìn Espada. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of At the Drive-In Volcano, says of this new collection, "It is impossible to return to the safe territory of the person you were before you read these achingly beautiful poems filled with terror and gracenotes."

The author co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House and Chattahoochee Review. He teaches at Western Washington University. Oliver de la Paz's Web site www.oliverdelapaz.com features audio poems, a lively blog and discussion groups.

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Fee Council and the English Department. After the reading, a reception will be held in the Heritage Room.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 620-235-4689.

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