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Poetry reading with Utah State Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal
February 22, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Utah State Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal will present selections from her work as part of the Boudreaux Reading Series at UWM. She will deliver a lecture on the craft of poetry on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Bolton Hall Room B56. Afterwards, there will be a poetry reading at the Hefter Center at 7 p.m.
Rekdal, a professor of English at the University of Utah, is the author of five poetry collections, including “Imaginary Vessels” and “Animal Eye,” which won the UNT Rilke Prize and was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts and Balcones prizes.
Her nonfiction book “The Broken Country” won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. It examines the long-term cultural and psychological effects of the Vietnam War by looking at a 2012 incident in which a young homeless man born in Vietnam stabbed a number of white men in retribution for the war. She interweaves the story of the crime with interviews, accounts of the arrival of Vietnamese immigration in the 1970s, critiques of Vietnam’s portrayal in pop culture and information about war-related trauma.
She has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship and various state arts council awards.
The free event is co-sponsored by the UWM Department of English.