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Nationally Award-winning Poet Visits WKCTC

Max Garland, western Kentucky native and nationally award-winning poet, will visit West Kentucky Community and Technical College next month.

Garland will share his favorite poems from his award-winning poetry collections November 11 in WKCTCs Matheson Library from 2-3 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.

Garland was a mail carrier in western Kentucky for ten years before he decided to go to college and pursue his love of poetry. In his first poetry collection, The Postal Confessions, which earned the prestigious Juniper Prize for Poetry, Garland chronicled his everyday experiences of his route that was formerly run by his grandfather.

Garlands second book, Hunger Wide as Heaven, earned another national prize, this time from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, a leading force in the publishing and promotion of new American poetry.

Garland, who now resides in Wisconsin, earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa in 1989 and has been teaching since 1990. He is currently a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

He has won other awards and honors including a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, and two Wisconsin Arts Board Literary Fellowships. Most recently, he was named the 2013-2014 Wisconsin poet laureate by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts amp; Letters.

For more information contact Britton Shurley at (270) 534-3243 or