UNK Reynold Series Presents Award-Winning Poets Sherwin Bitsui And Michael Dumanis Thursday, Nov. 1, In Miriam Drake Theatre

Alison Hedge Coke
Reynolds Endowed Chair, 308.865.8672

Award-winning poets Sherwin Bitsui and Michael Dumanis will give Reynolds Series presentations Thursday, Nov. 1, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The Reynolds Series formal reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Miriam Drake Theatre, located in the UNK Fine Arts Building. At 4 p.m., the poets will give an informal talk in the Thomas Hall Atrium, as part of the Explorations Series. Both presentations are free and open to the public. Also, receptions will accompany both events, and a book signing will follow the formal reading.

“The Reynolds Series brings fine literary events to UNK, Kearney and Central Nebraska,” said Dr. Allison Hedge Coke, Reynolds chair.

Sherwin Bitsui is a 2006 Whiting Writers’ Award winner, recipient of an Individual Poet Grant from Witter Bynner Foundation, Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellow and Lannan Foundation Literary Residency Fellow. Bitsui has published his poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, Frank (Paris), Lit Magazine, and anthologized in To Topos: Ahani and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.Shapeshift is his first book.

Michael Dumanis is the author of My Soviet Union, winner of the 2006 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and coeditor, with poet Cate Marvin, of the younger poets anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. His writing has appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, New England Review, Post Road and Prairie Schooner, and has been recognized with a Fulbright Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship in Fiction, residencies at Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference and other honors. Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Western New York, he holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Iowa and the University of Houston. Until recently a professor of creative writing at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, he now teaches at Cleveland State University and serves as director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

For more information regarding the Reynolds Series, contact Allison Hedge Coke, Reynolds chair, hedgecokeaa@unk.edu. Contact Dr. Marguerite Tassi, English, regarding the Explorations presentation at tassim@unk.edu.