“Nature poet” Lia Purpura to speak, April 21

Posted by Centre News in Creative Writing, News, Sustainable Centre 20 Apr 2016

bookWith Green Week in full swing and Earth Day forthcoming, it is an especially good time to hear acclaimed creative non-fiction writer and poet Lia Purpura read from her works on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Centre College’s Vahlkamp Theatre.

Purpura is the author of three books of poems, three books of essays and one volume of translations. She has been described as a “nature poet” who uses the theme of nature to learn “more about the inner world by observing the outer” while reading “the outer world from the inner.”

A graduate of Oberlin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a teaching/writing fellow in poetry, Purpura is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Maryland. She is also on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA Program in Tacoma, Wash. Recent visiting appointments include the Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s MFA Program in Nonfiction, reader/lecturer at the Bennington Writing Program and visiting writer at the Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity at Eastman School of Music.

The event is free and open to the public.

by Cindy Long
April 20, 2016