Visiting Writers Series: Paisley Rekdal (nonfiction & poetry)

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, John and Dede Howard Recital Hall 221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

There will also be a question-and-answer session in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication earlier in the day, at 3:30 p.m.

The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, “The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee”; a hybrid-genre photo-text titled “Intimate”; a book-length essay, “The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam”; and five books of poetry: “A Crash of Rhinos,” “Six Girls Without Pants,” “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope,” “Animal Eye” and “Imaginary Vessels.” Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013 and 2017) and on National Public Radio among others.

She was named Utah’s poet laureate in May.  Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize and various state arts council awards.

She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City.

Additional information about the series can be found online at

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Academics, Arts and Humanities Division, English, Arts, Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series, Campus-Life, G.R.O.W.


The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature Paisley Rekdal on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

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