English Department Reading Series: Tim Seibles

English Department Reading Series
Tim Seibles, poet and professor
Wednesday, March 8, 5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 
Open class: 4 pm Sherman 108

Originally from Philadelphia, Tim Seibles has received fellowships from the NEA and Provincetown Arts Center, and was the winner of the Open Voice Award from the 63rd Street Y in NYC. His work appears in journals and anthologies such as Black Renaissance Noire, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. A highly active ambassador for poetry, Seibles presents his work nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, cultural centers, and literary festivals. He has been a featured author in the Vancouver International Writers Festival, in Vancouver, Canada, in the Calabash Festival, in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, and in the Poesia en Voz Alta Festival in Mexico City. He is a member of the English Department at Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA where he teaches both graduates and undergraduates. Tim Seibles is the author of 8 collections of poems, has been a finalist for the National Book Award, is the winner of the Theodore Roethke Prize. He has just been appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Virginia.

Of his latest book, Poet Kwame Dawes has written: “…Seibles is an essential American poet, and he wears this mantle with sheer mastery, endearing self-deprecation, and grace in One Turn Around the Sun.” Cornelius Eady has this to say: “Tim Seibles. When the world grows nostalgic, he swings real. When the world turns bitter, he stretches out his arms in verse. When the world tries to deny, he stares it in the face and tells the truth. Then asks it for a dance. I’m tempted to say One Turn Around the Sun is Tim Seibles’ best book, but that’d be like saying Beethoven stopped at eight symphonies.”

Tim Seibles will read from his work on Wednesday, March 8th at 5 pm in the AOK Library Gallery. He will hold an open class at 4 pm that day in Sherman 108. All are invited.

Admission is free.

Directions and parking information
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue Garage adjacent to the Library — please see here for additional information. The Library Gallery is located on the first floor of the Library, situated on the left immediately past the lobby.

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