Visiting Writers Series
Pushcart Prize-winning poet Mark Cox to give reading
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22
Reading and reception
Hall of Letters 100
Mark Cox is the author of three books of poetry including "Natural Causes," "Thirty-seven Years from the Stone" and "Smoulder." His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and poems read on Garrison Keillor’s "Writers’ Almanac." He is a professor in the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and in the Vermont College MFA program.
"Writing poetry is a discipline which is very deeply connected to the personal side in students. People follow their passions, so poetry can include a lot of identity, personality and humanity," Cox said. "There is tremendous potential for personal growth in the evolution of artists at various ages, be they undergraduate or graduate students."
Prior to the reading, Cox will meet with creative writing students during class time to discuss the craft of writing poetry and meet with upper-classmen in the program in a workshop setting.
"For the 25 years that I have been teaching, being this close to people going through the creative process keeps a certain kind of freshness and valuable perspective for me as I continue to grow as a writer, artist and person."
Cox will select pieces to read from one of his published works as well as passages from a new manuscript.
For more information, call 909-748-8599.