The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Poetry Series will kick off the fall semester with its third poetry reading this year, “Coast Voices, Coast Verses” Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus Library.
The first reading is at 6:30 p.m. in Sahvannah’s Coffee House, located at the entrance of the library. An open microphone session for audience members who wish to share their own favorite poetry will begin after the scheduled readers. Open microphone participants must sign up at 6:15 p.m. for a designated five-minute time slot.
Local poets scheduled to read are Lenny Emmanuel and Mary Ann O’Gorman. Emmanuel, with more than 100 publications, has appeared in leading literary and scientific journals in the U.S., England, Canada, India and Australia. The Icecream Lady, his first collection of poems, essays and photography, was published in 1997. His second collection, Blue Rain, will be published in October. Currently, Emmanuel is an adjunct instructor of English at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
Mary Ann O’Gorman, a poet and fiction writer from Ocean Springs, is the 2006 winner of the Marble Faun Prize for Poetry in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Her poem “Separation” was a finalist in the 49th Parallel Contest held by The Bellingham Review, and was selected for publication in the review’s 2009 poetry issue. Formerly an award-winning teacher at Ocean Springs High School, O’Gorman is also an adjunct instructor of English at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
“We want the 2009-2010 Southern Miss Gulf Coast Poetry Series to build upon the popularity of last year’s open microphone poetry readings organized by the Gulf Coast Library,” said Dr. William Watson, series organizer and associate professor of English. “I think these readings show that there is a considerable audience for poetry on the Gulf Coast.”
The poetry series will continue through the fall and spring at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. Sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Letters and the Gulf Coast Library, each reading will feature local poets with international reputations.
For more information, contact Dr. Watson at
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