Creative Writing Alumni Hold Poetry Reading at BookPeople April 13
March 28, 2016
Three graduates of the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences will hold a combined poetry reading on Wednesday, April 13 at BookPeople of Moscow.
The alumni — Stephen Coughlin ‘08, Joe Wilkins ‘07 and Lindsay Wilson ‘06 — all received degrees in the Department of English Master of Fine Arts program and have recently published books of poetry.
"These three young writers are making themselves heard,” said Robert Wrigley, a University Distinguished Professor in English. “They took away from UI's MFA program the kind of tools that would enable them, with hard work and commitment, to produce writing that matters, the kind of writing that moves, and instructs, and inspires readers. That's exactly what they've done, and it's exactly what they will continue to do."
Coughlin, who will read from his first book of poetry “Another City,” teaches creative writing and American literature at Chadron State College in Nebraska. “Another City” was a finalist for the FutureCycle Book Prize. He has also published work in the Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Green Mountains Review, Seneca Review, New Ohio Review and Slate.
Wilkins latest work, “When We Were Birds,” is due out in spring 2017. He teaches writing at Linfield College in Oregon. Other works include “The Mountain the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry,” which was awarded the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, “Killing the Murnion Dogs,” and “Notes from the Journey Westward.” “When We Were Birds” was selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series.
Wilson’s book of poetry, “No Elegies,” won the Quercus Review Press spring book award. He teaches in Reno, Nevada, co-edits The Meadow and serves on the Nevada Writers’ Hall of Fame selection committee. His poetry has also appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, Verse Daily and The Minnesota Review. The Nevada System of Higher Education Regents recently awarded Wilson its annual creative activities award.
The reading will begin at 7 p.m. April 13. Limited quantities of the books will be available for sale and signing at BookPeople.
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