Centre College’s Winter Poetry Festival, currently in its fourth year, will take place Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theatre. The event, presented by the College’s English program, is free and open to the public.
Just prior to the festival at 3:30 p.m., Creative Writing minors will have the opportunity to read their own poems. Additionally, there will be an open mic session during which people can read poetry by themselves or by others. The festival itself typically lasts about an hour and includes 3-4 featured poets reading their own work for an allotted time.
This year’s lineup will feature short readings by poet Don Bogen (the University of Cincinnati), poet Kathleen Driskell (Spalding University) and CentreTerm Visiting Poet and Teacher Bianca Spriggs.
Don Bogen is the author of four books of poetry and a critical study, “A Necessary Order: Theodore Roethke and the Writing Process.” He is also active as a translator and has done a number of pieces with composers. He has been recognized with a Discovery Award; Fulbright positions in Spain and at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry of Queen’s University, Belfast; and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati and serves as poetry editor of The Cincinnati Review.
Bogen is the author of An Algebra (The University of Chicago Press, 2003), Luster (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), The Known World (Wesleyan University Press, 1997) and After the Splendid Display (Wesleyan University Press, 1986).
Award-winning poet and teacher Kathleen Driskell is Professor of Creative Writing and serves as the Associate Program Director of Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program in Louisville, Ky. In 2013, she was awarded the honor of Outstanding Faculty Member by the trustees of Spalding University.
Her newest collection of poetry, Next Door to the Dead, was published as a Kentucky Voices Selection by the University Press of Kentucky (2015). In addition to the nationally best-selling Seed Across Snow (Red Hen, 2009), she is the author of one previous book of poetry, Laughing Sickness (Fleur-de-Lis Press, 1999, 2005 second printing), and Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem (Fleur-de-Lis Explorations, 2012), as well as the editor of two anthologies of creative writing. Her book of poems Blue Etiquette will be published in 2016 by Red Hen Press.
An Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Ky. Named as one of the Top-30 Performance Poets in the country by The Root, she is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry and multiple Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Spriggs is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications, 2010) and How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing, 2011), in addition to the forthcoming titles Call Her By Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016). Among many other credits to her name, she is editor of Circe’s Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women Poets (Accents Publishing, 2015) and creator of the multi-media performance The Thirteen.
by Elise L. Murrell
February 15, 2016