Award-winning poet Corey Marks is the
featured speaker Monday at HSU’s Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker
Series. The public is invited to the event and all sessions are free.
Marks grew up in rural Michigan and received a B.A. in English
from Kalamazoo College. His Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) is
from Warren Wilson College, and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature is
from the University of Houston. He is Distinguished Teaching Professor and
Director of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.
His first book of poetry, “Renunciation” (University of Illinois Press, 2000), was selected
by poet Philip Levine as a 1999 National Poetry Series Competition Winner. Renunciation
was also the winner of the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of
Letters. “The Radio Tree” (New
Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2012) is his most
recent book of poetry, winning the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press in
2011. Other awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the
Arts and the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.
His poems have appeared in the New England Review, The Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, Ploughshares,
Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, The Virginia Quarterly
Review, as well as in the anthology Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande Books, 2006) among others.
The Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speaker Series, presented
by The McIntyre-West Endowment of the HSU Academic Foundation, was started 39
years ago by Dr. Lawrence Clayton, chair of the English department. Clayton
played an instrumental role in securing funding to bring nationally-recognized
poets and fiction writers to HSU, providing creative writing students access to
publishing poets and fiction writers. Clayton’s name was added to the series
after his death.
The event is free and open to the public.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Multipurpose Room, Johnson Building, Hardin-Simmons
3:30-4:30 p.m. Informal Question & Answer Session
7:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry Reading
8:30-9:30 p.m. Reception & Book Signing