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UI Creative Writing Professor’s Book to Launch on Aug. 24

August 21, 2017

Poet and writer Michael McGriff, assistant professor of creative writing, in the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, will celebrate his latest collection of poems, “Early Hour,” during a reading and book unveiling  at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main Street, Moscow.

“Early Hour” is McGriff’s third collection of poems and was inspired by the 1935 painting of the same name by Karl Hofer, a Nazi-persecuted German Expressionist. His book is one long, poetic sequence focused on the singular themes of fate and resistance, examining our human place in the universe. His poems are plainspoken and direct, while remaining intimately personal.

Early praise for the collection is high, with the New York Times writing, “It’s [McGriff’s] language that keeps you reading along, transfixed.”

McGriff is the author of three books of poetry and an acclaimed collection of short stories titled “Our Secret Life in the Movies.” He has taught at the University of Idaho since 2016.

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