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State Poet Laureate Next OWS Presenter 

Oklahoma Poet Laureate Benjamin Myers will be visiting two sites for a poetry reading and writing workshop in Southern Oklahoma as the latest presenter in Murray State College’s free public Oklahoma Writers Series on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The 2015-2016 state Poet Laureate will read from his award-winning books during a brown-bag meet-the-poet event, “Oklahoma Poems,” from noon until 1:15 p.m. at the Johnston County Library in downtown Tishomingo. He will then present a poetry writing workshop, “Making Poetry from Your Memories,” at the Champion Public Library in Ardmore (formerly Chickasaw Library System) from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. He will have books on hand at both sites to sell and autograph. Both events are free to the public.

Myers is the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma and the author of two books of poetry: Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010). His poems have been published in The Yale ReviewThe New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, The Christian Century, Nimrod, Tupelo Quarterly, Image, and other journals. He was awarded the Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His prose appears in World Literature Today, Books and Culture, and other magazines. Myers teaches poetry writing and literature at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature.

This program is co-sponsored by the Murray State College Language Arts Department, MSC Oklahoma Writers Series, and the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information, contact Oklahoma Writers Series coordinator Sharon Burris at (580) 220-2878.


Oklahoma Poet Laureate Prof. Benjamin Myers/Photo courtesy Benjamin Myers


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