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Renowned Poet to Visit UIndy, Apr. 1, 2015

March 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Alice Friman

Alice Friman. Photo provided by UIndy and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis

Poet, professor and former local resident Alice Friman will return April 1, 2015, for a reading and discussion at the University of Indianapolis.

Now living in Milledgeville, Ga., where she is poet-in-residence at Georgia College, Friman is professor emerita of English and creative writing at UIndy, where she taught from 1971 to 1993. The New York City native earned her master’s degree from Butler University and was among the founders of the Indiana Writers Center.

Friman will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Room 210 of UIndy’s Lilly Science Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free to the event, which is the final installment of this year’s Kellogg Writers Series at UIndy.

She has published six full-length collections of poetry, most recently “The View from Saturn” (LSU Press, 2014). Her previous book, “Vinculum,” won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry.

Friman is included in Best American Poetry 2009, received a 2012 Pushcart Prize and has won fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission, among many other honors.

Other books have included “The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo,” which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University.

Her poetry podcast series, Ask Alice, can be seen on YouTube, where each episode begins with this introduction: “Hi, this is Alice Friman talking poetry, my sweet hell.”

The Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series, coordinated by UIndy’s Department of English, brings writers of distinction to campus for free public readings and discussions.

For more information, contact series director Elizabeth Weber at 317-788-3373.

‘Poetry on Brick Street’ in Zionsville, June 6

Norbert Krapf

Norbert Krapf

By Susan Miller
Poetry on Brick Street
http://brickstreetpoetry.org/

Poetry on Brick Street will present Norbert Krapf as the featured poet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday June 6, 2013, at Eagle Creek Coffee Company (http://www.eaglecreekcoffee.com/), 10 South Main Street, Zionsville, Indiana. Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek’s menu will be available for sale.

Krapf was Indiana’s Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010. He earned a B.A. in English from St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN. He received his M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and also his Ph.D. in English and American Literature, with a concentration in American Poetry. He taught at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University 1970-2004, where he is now emeritus Professor of English, was Poet Laureate 2003-2007, and directed the C. W. Post Poetry Center. He twice served in Germany as a Senior Fulbright Professor of American Poetry, at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was also a U.S. Exchange Teacher at West Oxon Technical College, England.

Since 1976, Krapf has written or edited 24 books, two of which are his translations from the German. Eighteen of these books are collections of his own poetry, including Somewhere in Southern Indiana: Poems of Midwestern Origins (1993), Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany (1997), and Looking for God’s Country (2005), all available from Time Being Books, and Bittersweet Along the Expressway: Poems of Long Island (2000) and The Country I Come From (2002), sixty poems set in Indiana.

An open mic for poetry will follow Krapf’s reading.

The Poetry on Brick Street series is a project of Brick Street Poetry, Inc., a Zionsville-based not-for-profit that also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal and hosts other poetry events.

For more information, visit http://www.brickstreetpoetry.org/.