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David Livewell to Give Poetry Reading at Kutztown University

April 1, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's English Club is sponsoring a poetry reading with award-winning poet David Livewell at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the Georgian Room of Old Main (163). A book signing will follow.

Livewell is the winner of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, and his collection, "Shackamaxon," was recently published by Truman State University Press. His emerging voice reflects how the city of Philadelphia has molded him as both an individual and a writer. His work has appeared in several journals, including the Yale Review, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review and The New Criterion.

His poetry can also be found in "Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania," published by the Pennsylvania State University Press, and "Woven Light: Poems and Photographs from Andrew Wyeth's Pennsylvania." In addition, he was one of the founding members of Janus: A Journal of Literature, and is the recipient of the 2005 and 2006 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and an arts poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council.

"David Livewell has stared into the heart of old Philadelphia neighborhoods-into their history, into their ruin, into their resilience-and seen a whole world," said J. D. McClatchy, American poet, literary critic, editor of the Yale Review and president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in an editorial review of Livewell's poetry.

"He writes with grit and grace. The past is his passion, and he suffers its extremes in poems that can blaze or glow or sear-but are always real poems, poems whose warmth one wants to hold one's hands up to again and again."

Livewell will lead a master class from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4, in the President's Room (250), located in the McFarland Student Union. During the class, student writers will bring questions and receive perspective on their craft from Livewell. Any and all aspiring writers are encouraged to come out and take advantage of this opportunity.