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Physical Address:
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(208) 885-6156 phone
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c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

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Alison Hawthorne Deming  
March 4 - 7:30 p.m. | Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming visits the University of Idaho at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. This event is free and open to the public. Following the reading will be a question and answer session, as well as a book signing by Deming. 

“Alison Deming’s readings are magical,” said Scott Slovic, chairman of the University of Idaho’s English Department. “She is an amazing essayist and poet — her work resonates with personal, social and environmental meanings.”

Deming is Agnese Nelms Haury chairwoman in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona where she is a professor of creative writing and affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Grand Manan, New Brunswick. She served as poet-in-residence for the Language of Conservation project that created poetry installations in U.S. zoos.

Deming’s most recent book is “Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit” (Milkweed, 2014).  She is the author of three additional nonfiction books and four poetry books, most recently “Rope” (Penguin 2009). Her first book, “Science and Other Poems” won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. A new poetry book, “Stairway to Heaven” is forthcoming from Penguin. “Death Valley: Painted Light,” with photographs by Stephen Strom and poems by Deming is also forthcoming. She edited “Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology” and coedited “The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World.” Her work has been widely anthologized including in “The Norton Book of Nature Writing” and “Best American Science and Nature Writing.” 

Deming is coming to Moscow as part of UI’s Distinguished Visiting Writer series. Sponsored by the University of Idaho English Department, the Distinguished Visiting Writer series brings writers of national significance to work with University of Idaho students and present their work at a public reading.

2014-2015 Reading Schedule

Distinguished Visiting Writers

    Naomi Shihab Nye November 11-13, 2014
    Alison Hawthorne Deming March 2-6, 2015
    Matt Bell April 13-17, 2015

Other Readings
Tod Marshall February 24, 2015, Bookpeople of Moscow, 7:00 p.m.
Robert Michael Pyle - End of March 2015 Details to come
Alexandra Teague April 23, 2015 Bookpeople of Moscow, 7:30pm - Poetry reading and book launch.

MFA Symposium 2014-2015 

November 8th
Readings by
Nate Fisher, Courtney Kersten, and Joran Durham
Hosted by Alexandra Teague

February 7th
Readings by
Ryan Kalis, Nate Brown, and Michael Landreth
Hosted by Jennifer Ladino

March 28th
Readings by
Jamie Lyon and Michelle Cushing
Hosted by D'Wayne and Susan Hodgin

April 4th
Readings by
Jessica McDermott and Karl Utermohlen
Hosted by Ron McFarland