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Catherine Pierce reads at Seton Hall University  

Catherine PierceThe second Poetry-in-the-Round event of Spring 2017 will present the poet, Catherine Pierce, on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of the University Center.

This reading is free and open to the public.

About the Event
Of Catherine Pierce's poetry Sherman Alexie says, "In Catherine Pierce's poetry world, the girls are 'bird cries.' I think these poems are bird cries, lovely and sad. Pierce knows that we lovely and sad humans are built of want and the memory of want. Each of us is a 'river burst into flame.' Read these poems and you will remember how to burn." Catherine Pierce, will read from his acclaimed poetry and take questions. Books will be for sale.

About the Author
Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poems: The Tornado Is the World (Saturnalia, 2016), The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Animals of Habit (Kent State University Press), was published in 2004. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2011), Best New Poets, Slate, Boston Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, A Public Space, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, Court Green, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, The Normal School, Blackbird, diode, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Catherine grew up in Delaware, then earned her B.A. from Susquehanna University, her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She now lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is an associate professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

About the Series
Poetry-in-the-Round has brought some of the best contemporary writers from around the world to Seton Hall University for the past three decades. Some of those visitors have included Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, Nadine Gordimer, C.K. Williams, Jonathan Franzen, John Ashbery, Russell Banks, Adrienne Rich, and many others. The series has worked to bring established and up-and-coming new writers to the attention of Seton Hall students and the community. Dr. Nathan Oates, Associate Professor of English, is the Director of the Series. For more information please contact him at: or (973) 761-9388.

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Nathan Oates
  • (347) 351-8828
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