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Palmer Museum of Art to present The Art of Poetry spring 2015 readings

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Art of Poetry participants

The Palmer Museum of Art invites you to surround yourself in visual and verbal imagery at the museum while poets and storytellers from the Penn State community read their latest work in a feast for the eyes and ears.

Cameron Conaway, 2014 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona, will present Malaria, Poems on Wednesday, February 4, at 12:10 p.m. Conaway is a poet who has been a mixed martial arts fighter, a poet-in-residence at the University of Arizona’s M.F.A. in creative writing program, and a 2014 United Nations Foundation Social Good Fellow. He wrote the first full-length book of contemporary poetry about malaria’s impact, Malaria, Poems (2014), while serving as the poet-in-residence at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Thailand.

Jen Hirt, assistant professor of creative writing and English composition, Penn State Harrisburg, will present Monster Magnificent: Writing the Odd Encounter on Wednesday, March 4, at 12:10 p.m. Hirt is a creative writer who specializes in creative nonfiction essays and book-length memoirs, as well as experimental nonfiction and prose poetry. Her first book, the memoir Under Glass: The Girl with a Thousand Christmas Trees, was published in 2010, and won an emerging writer prize. She regularly teaches introductory creative writing courses, as well as advanced courses in nonfiction, poetry, expository writing, and social science writing. She is the faculty advisor to From the Fallout Shelter, a literary arts magazine, and she is active in the honors program and the graduate communications program.

Hugh Martin, poet and Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, will present The Stick Soldiers: Veteran Poetry on War on Wednesday, April 1, at 12:10 p.m. Originally from northeast Ohio, poet Hugh Martin spent six years in the National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2004. His publications include the chapbook So How Was the War? (2010) and a full-length collection titled The Stick Soldiers (2013) in addition to poems in the journals Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and New Republic. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is the inaugural winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from the Iowa Review.

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. A greeter will be available in the lobby to direct visitors to the appropriate gallery for all noontime events. For more information on scheduled events, please call 814-865-7672.