The University of Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that poet Steve Straight will read from his work and hold a Q & A at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 15th, at the UConn Co-op on the Storrs Campus, as part of the Visiting Authors program and the Connecticut Poetry Circuit.
Steve Straight is professor of English and director of the poetry program at Manchester Community College. His most recent book of poetry, The Almanac, was published in 2012. His previous collection of poetry, The Water Carrier, was featured on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.” In 1998 he was named a Distinguished Advocate for the Arts by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. For many years he has directed the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, and for many summers he directed the Seminar Series for the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. He has given workshops on writing and teaching throughout the Eastern United States and in Ireland.
“Steve Straight is a poet of everyday experience whose disarmingly casual voice can lead the reader into deeper waters of insight and modest epiphanies. Every one of the poems in The Almanac achieves that rare thing in the streets of contemporary poetry: they are just plain interesting.” ~ Billy Collins
The reading is co-sponsored by the UConn Creative Writing Program, the UConn Co-op, and the Connecticut Writing Project. The reading and Q & A are free and open to the public. The UConn Co-op is the campus bookstore, located at 2075 Hillside Road, next to the Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs. For more information please visit the Co-Op’s website at www.bookstore.uconn.edu, or the Creative Writing Program’s website at www.creative writing.uconn.edu.