Poet Ellen Voigt Will Open River City Writers Series Sept. 25 University News
For release: September 15, 2008

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Ellen Bryant Voigt
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Award-winning poet Ellen Bryant Voigt will be the first guest of the fall 2008 season of the University of Memphis’ River City Writers Series.  On Thursday, Sept. 25. Voigt will conduct an interview with students at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456; and at 7 p.m., she will read from her work and sign books in the Fogelman Executive Center, Room 219.

A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the reading. All events are free and open to the public.

Voigt is the author of several collections of poetry, including Shadow of Heaven, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Kyrie, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize. Voigt served as Vermont’s state poet from 1999-2003.

Other writers on the fall River City schedule are popular food writer and journalist Trevor Corson (Oct. 9-10) and James McBride, bestselling author of The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna (Nov. 10).

The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the U of M English Department, the Creative Writing Club, Sigma Tau Delta, the Student Activities Council, Academic Enrichment Funds, Public Service Funds, the Hohenberg Foundation, Deborah Talbot, and Friends of the University Libraries.

For more information, call 901-678-4692.

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