Poetry reading held at Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – On September 15th, at 4:00pm, two Award-winning Poets gave a poetry reading at the APSU’s Gentry Auditorium in the Kimbrough Building.

American Book Award-winning author and poet Rigoberto González, visited APSU to read his work. Afterwards, he introduced Amanda Auchter who read from her prize-winning collection. Her book, “The Glass Crib,” won the 2010 Zone 3 First Book Award for Poetry, an annual contest hosted by Austin Peay State University’s literary journal and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

“The Glass Crib,” which poet Amy Gerstler said is rendered with “acute beauty, tenderness and measured dignity of expression,” is a continuation of Auchter’s already impressive literary career. She is the founding editor of the Pebble Lake Review, and throughout the years she has received several awards and honors from esteemed journals such as the Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-American Review and the Crab Orchard Review. Her work has also been included in The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets and Poetry Daily.

González is the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships, and he is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Book Critics’ Circle and is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University. His memoir, “Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa,” won the American Book Award, and he is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, two bilingual children’s books, a story collection and the novel, “Crossing Vines.”

For more information on this reading, contact Susan Wallace, Zone 3 managing editor, at wallacess@apsu.edu.