March 26, 2012
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Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

Contemporary Writer Series Concludes with Award-Winning Poet Todd Boss

 

VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta State University Department of English concludes its 2011-12 Contemporary Writers Series with award-winning poet Todd Boss, who will visit the campus on Tuesday, April 3.

During his visit, Boss will explore literature and professional writing with several creative writing students. He will also host workshops with students in the English department.

Boss will share excerpts from his published work during a public reading Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center Theater. This event is open to VSU students, faculty and the community.

Boss has two published poetry books titled Yellowrocket and Pitch. His poems have also appeared in various publications such as The London Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Best American Poetry and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Todd is the recipient of the Virginia Quarterly Review's Emily Clark Balch Prize. His book, Yellowrocket, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Midwest Booksellers’ Honor Book for Poetry.

The Contemporary Writers Series showcased authors from various genres of literature. The authors visited the university and shared their techniques and expertise with students seeking to improve their writing skills.

Other writers included in the series were Marianne Boruch, Willis Barnstone and Tony Barnstone, all of whom are featured poets in the Georgia Poetry Circuit, as well as Lise Haines.

For more information about Boss’ visit, or the Contemporary Writers Series, contact the Department of English at (229) 333-5946.