Visiting distinguished poet Ashley to give public reading April 8

3:48:57 PM CDT - Thursday, March 24, 2005

Renée Ashley, who will spend four weeks as visiting distinguished poet at Wichita State, will read from her work at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, in a free public reading at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita.

Ashley, who is a member of the creative writing faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will tutor creative writing students in WSU's English department from March 28 to April 22. Her visit coincides with National Poetry Month, which is recognized in April.

Ashley is the author of three volumes of poetry: "Salt," which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin Press in 1991, "The Various Reasons of Light" and "The Revisionist's Dream." Her novel, "Someplace Like This," was published in 2003.

She is the recipient of creative writing fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Among her awards are a Pushcart Prize, the Charles Angoff Award from The Literary Review, the Ruth Lake Memorial and Robert H. Winner Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and the Award for Emerging Writers and the Award for Literary Excellence from the Kenyon Review.

Ashley is also the poetry editor for Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.

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