Arts Council - Guest Writers Series
The Salt Lake City Arts Council co-sponsors the Guest Writers Series (GWS) with the University of Utah Department of English and Creative Writing Program. A monthly series, scheduled on Thursday evenings, brings in contemporary writers from across the county. The public readings at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane, are free and followed by a reception for meeting the writers. On the Friday following each reading, the authors participate in a public, informal lunchtime conversation from noon to 1:30 pm, also at the Art Barn. Call 801.596.5000 for details.
The readings begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a reception for the authors. A lunchtime conversation is scheduled the next day at the Art Barn from noon to 1:00 p.m. all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 801.596.5000
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 2013
POET BRIGIT PEGEEN KELLY
POET ESTHER LEE
Ladies Literary Club, 850 East South Temple
"Brigit Pegeen Kelly is one of the very best poets now writing in the United States. In fact, there is no one who is any better. Not only are her poems brilliantly made, but they also give great pleasure. Rarely are those two qualities seen together in one poet." - poet Stephen Dobyns. Brigit Pegeen Kelly has published three books of poetry, To the Place of Trumpets, selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, Song, winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and The Orchard, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Additional awards and honors include a "Discovery"/ The Nation award, the Witter Bynner Prize for the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and numerous fellowships. In 2008, Kelly was awarded the Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, including six volumes of The Best American Poetry.
Esther Lee is the author of Spit, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, The Blank Missives. Her poems and articles have appeared in Ploughshares, Verse Daily, Hyphen, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University where she served as Editor-in-Chief for Indiana Review. She has been awarded the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, Scowcroft Prose Prize, and Utah Writer's Contest Award for Poetry selected by Brenda Shaughnessy, as well as twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She recently received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of utah and currently teaches as an Assistant Professor at Agnes Scott College.
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