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Two Award Winning Poets to Read at APSU

Austin Peay State University LogoOn Oct. 29, two nationally recognized and award-winning poets intend to share their work with the Clarksville community.

Phillis Levin, of New York, and Kate Gleason, of New Hampshire, will visit Austin Peay State University that day for a 7 p.m. poetry reading at the Morgan University Center.

Both women share a talent for the written word, but they recently forged a new connection. Levin, in her role as contest judge, selected Gleason’s poetry collection, “Measuring the Dark,” as the winner of the First Book Award at Zone 3 Press.

Zone 3 Press is a nonprofit literary press supported by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University.

Finding someone as esteemed as Levin to select the winning manuscript for the 2008 award ensured the press would produce a book noted for its high artistic and literary attributes. Levin is currently a professor of English and poet-in-residence at Hofstra University, and she also teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University.

She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of the poetry collections “Temples and Fields,” “The Afterimage,” “Mercury” and “May Day.”

Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Grand Street, Poetry, The Nation, Agni, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London, Literary Imagination and the Paris Review.

After combing through numerous manuscripts submitted to Zone 3, Levin chose Gleason’s “Measuring the Dark” to win the press’ coveted prize. Gleason is the former editor of Peregrine literary journal. She earned a Bachelor or Arts from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and attended writing workshops at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and Amherst Writers and Artists.

Gleason is the recipient of several writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She also won the Outstanding Emerging Writer Award from the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boomer Girls, Claiming the Spirit Within, Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, Green Mountains Review, Lost Angeles Times Book Review, Sonora Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Zone 3.

The poetry reading, which brings these two talented poets together, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Susan Wallace with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 931-221-7031 or .



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