The Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series is bringing award-winning poet Mark Sullivan to the Hardin-Simmons University campus, Monday, April 21, 2008. From 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room of the Johnson Building, he will conduct an informal question & answer session. From 8:00-9:00 p.m., he will give a poetry reading in the Multipurpose Room, followed by an informal reception and book signing. His poetry collection Slag will be available for purchase at the two sessions and at the HSU Bookstore. The public is cordially invited. All sessions are free.
Mark Sullivan’s first collection of poetry, Slag (Texas Tech University Press, 2005), won the Walt McDonald First Book Series In Poetry competition. Booklist praised Slag as a “powerful” debut full of “deftly written poems [that] have a wonderful and appealing balance of emotion and intellect.” Sullivan’s other honors include a “Discovery”/The Nation Prize and a 2007 literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Southern Review, New England Review, Southwest Review, and Shenandoah.
In describing Sullivan’s poetry, the poet L.S. Asekoff has written, “While much of contemporary poetry, in its ego-driven eccentricity, its passionate, partial exaggerations, is lost in the instant, the frantic whirl of events, the poetry of Mark Sullivan slows time down, sees the world calmly, clearly, as a whole, with a precise and tender attention that strives to do justice to the complex mysteries of existence.”
Mark Sullivan was born in Willmar, Minnesota, and grew up in Massachusetts. He received a B.A. from Middlebury College and also studied as an undergraduate at Oxford University. He has an M.A. from Columbia University. He is married and has lived for many years in New York City, where he works part-time as a legal assistant for a large corporate law firm, a job which allows him the flexibility of four free days a week to work on poetry.
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