January 2, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Visiting Poet | Allison Joseph, Jan. 28

The English Department presents visiting poet Allison Joseph, reading from her work on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Joseph is an author, poet, and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. Some of her works include the collections What Keeps Us Here, Soul Train, Voice: Poems, Little Epiphanies, Mortal Rewards, Double Identity, Corporal Muse, and What Once You Loved.

Her latest full-length book of poetry, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, was published by Red Hen Press in 2018. It won first place in the poetry category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards as well as earning a nomination in the 2019 poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards. Additionally, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman was a 2019 finalist for both the Montaigne Medal and the Da Vinci Eye Book Award. She also maintains the well-traveled Creative Writing newsletter “CRWROPPS” (Creative Writers Opportunities), which has assisted writers young and old for many years.

“Allison Joseph is a shining light in contemporary poetry,” said Dr. David Wanczyk, coordinator of Creative Writing Events. “We’re thrilled to hear from her and to discuss her contributions to literary citizenship and publishing.”


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