Brett Eugene Ralph will read poetry Thursday, Nov. 11, in Grubbs Hall 109, as a part of the PSU Distinguished Visiting Writer series. The reading is at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Ralph's book of poems "Black Sabbatical" came out in 2009 to great critical response.
Ralph grew up in Illinois and moved to Western Kentucky, where he teaches at Hopkinsville Community College. He practices Tibetan Buddhism and was a member of punk bands as a youth. Now he plays with a bluegrass band, Brett Eugene Ralph's Kentucky Chrome Review.
Ralph's work has appeared in publications such as Conduit, Willow Springs, and The American
Poetry Review, and his poems have been anthologized in "The McSweeney's Book of Poets Picking Poets" and "Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite CorpseReader."
"He's a dynamic poet. I think people will be very excited by the energy he brings to the stage," said poet and PSU Professor Laura Lee Washburn.
Ralph noted Buddhism's influence on his work.
"Buddhism has encouraged more space and stillness in my work-as much of it, anyway, as one can muster chanting mantras with a booming foghorn drawl," Ralf said.
Ralph's reading is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Student Fee Council. A reception will follow the reading.