Clayton State University welcomes literary nonfiction author Daniel Nester and poets Lily Brown and Heidi Lynn Staples to the University’s main campus in Morrow for the fall 2011 Visiting Writers Reading Series. This series is free and open to the public.
Nester, who will open the semester’s series on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the atrium of the Harry S. Downs Center, will read from his latest book “How to Be Inappropriate,” a collection of humorous nonfiction (Soft Skull, 2010).
Nester is a journalist, essayist, poet, editor, and teacher. His first two books, “God Save My Queen: A Tribute” (Soft Skull, 2003) and “God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On” (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, “The History of My World Tonight” (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems. His work has been anthologized in “Lost and Found,” “The Best American Poetry 2003,” “The Best Creative Nonfiction,” “Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll,” and “Isn’t It Romantic? 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets.” He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches creative nonfiction
Next in the series, poet Lily Brown will speak Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Continuing Education atrium. Brown is the author of “Rust or Go Missing,” published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in early 2011. Recent work is out or forthcoming in “Colorado Review,” “Gulf Coast,” “Transom,” and “6X6.” A Massachusetts native, Brown currently lives in Athens, Ga.
Concluding the fall Visiting Writers Reading Series, poet Heidi Lynn Staples will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the James M. Baker University Center room 268. Staples is an award-winning poet whose third collection, “Noise Event,” is forthcoming from Ahsahta. She is also the author of an autobiographical work, “Take Care Fake Bear Torque Cake: The Early Years,” due out from Caketrain in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in “Best American Poetry 2004,” “Chicago Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Ploughshares,” and elsewhere. With poet Amy King, Staples co-founded and co-edited Poets for Living Waters (poetsgulfcoast.wordpress.com), an international poetry response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. She lives in Athens, GA with her spouse, daughter, yippie dog, and front-yard veggie patch.
The Visiting Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the Clayton State Department of English under the direction of Assistant Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd. A question and answer session will follow each reading.
For more information about the 2011 fall Visiting Writers Reading Series, contact Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (678) 466-4556.