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Save the Dates: Missouri Poet Laureate to Visit USU in October

Thursday, Oct. 04, 2012

Utah State University’s Department of English hosts noted poet William Trowbridge in a series of events in fall 2012 and encourages everyone to make plans to hold the dates now for the October activities.

Trowbridge, Missouri’s poet laureate, will be a guest on the USU campus Oct. 25 to read from his work at noon in Merrill-Cazier Library 101. He will conduct a master class at 10:30 a. m. in the Caine Room, Family Life Building, Room 212. The day ends when Trowbridge reads from his works during the Helicon West open microphone forum that evening in the Logan Public Library.

Everyone is invited to attend all events, which are free.

Trowbridge’s work is known for its humor. His latest work, “Ship of Fool,” has received critical acclaim.

“Other poets here included made me smile a few times, but William Trowbridge’s ‘Ship of Fool’ had me laughing out loud,” writes Peter Makuck in “The Hudson Review. ” “But in these poems there is an underlying seriousness — if not a quarrel with God — set off by humor, however slapstick it might at first appear.”

Trowbridge holds a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. His poetry publications include five full collections and include Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011), The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003), Flickers, O Paradise and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989) and three chapbooks, The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001) and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, 1986).

His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks.

Related links:

USU Department of English

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Writer and Contact: Marina Hall, (435) 797-3858,

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