Lunch Poems Series: John Shoptaw

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Enjoy poetry during lunch on Thursday, October 1st. Lunch Poems is a monthly series of mid-day readings.  This month:

John Shoptaw is the author of Times Beach, winner of the 2015 Notre Dame Book Prize, a book of poems which evokes the cultural and environmental history of the Mississippi River watershed. He was raised in the drained Mississippi floodplain of the Missouri Bootheel, where he picked cotton, worked in a lumber mill, and was baptized in a drainage ditch.

Shoptaw has also published a critical study, On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery’s Poetry (Harvard UP); and a libretto on President Lincoln’s assassination for an opera by Eric Sawyer, Our American Cousin (BMOP Sound).

He teaches poetry and ecopoetry in the English Department of the University of California at Berkeley.

When: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm, October 1, 2015

Where: Morrison Library

Cost: Free and open to the public