Essayist and Poet Speak at Alden during Literary Festival – OHIO University Libraries

Essayist and Poet Speak at Alden during Literary Festival

Tom Sleigh, a professor at Hunter College, is the author of several poetry books.

Ohio University Libraries, in conjunction with the Creative Writing program in the Department of English, is hosting two authors of the 2017 Spring Literary Festival at Alden Library: Tom Sleigh and Gerald Early.

On Friday, April 7, featured poet Tom Sleigh (at 11:00 a.m.) and essayist Gerald Early (at noon) will read from their work and lecture on literary topics of general interest to the audience. The event will be held in the 1951 Lounge on the fourth floor of Alden Library.

Tom Sleigh, a distinguished professor in the MFA program at Hunter College, is the author of several poetry books including his latest work titled, “Station Zed,” a collection of stories and poetry of war-tarnished countries including Syria, Lebanon, and Somalia, published by Graywolf Press in 2015.

Sleigh, a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, has had his work appear in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Threepenny Review, The Village Voice and other literary magazines, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Poetry, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology.

Gerald Early, a professor at Washington University, is an American essayist and critic.

The second lunchtime speaker is Gerald Early, a professor of modern letters at Washington University in St. Louis and author of several books, which include: “The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism; “One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture,” and “Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood,” an intimate portrayal of Early and his two daughters.

Early, a recipient of a Whiting Award, is also the editor of “Best African American Essays 2010,” “This is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s,” and “The Muhammad Ali Reader.”

Tom Tiberio, an OHIO graduate student in creative writing who recently interviewed Early, wrote: “Early does what the best of historians do, which is to offer a comprehensive look at a topic, drawing connections and parallels, pointing out places of contradiction and where others have been wrong in the past… The result is that the reader is offered an illuminating look at the complex forces behind a particular figure or movement.”

Festival lectures, readings and presentations are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served during these two Alden Library presentations.

For the complete festival schedule and more information, visit the Literary Festival website.

All images courtesy of the 2017 Spring Festival website.