McClanaghan to read from her book of poems
Dr. Jen McClanaghan, assistant professor of English and writer in residence, will host a public reading from her new book “River Legs,” a collection of poems that is garnering rave reviews and is currently a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Dorset Prize.
The reading will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept 25 at Island Books, located in Wyatt Square at 575 East Main Road in Middletown. A wine and cheese reception will follow. The evening is sponsored by the Department of English.
McClanaghan’s writing, including the poem “Born Again” that was published in the Sept. 15 issue of The New Yorker, has appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review and New England Review.
“‘Born Again’ is inspired by a New York Times story that my creative writing students and I discussed at length last fall, so they were definitely a part of the experience of writing it,” McClanaghan said.
McClanaghan holds a B.A. in creative writing from Antioch College, an M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in poetry from Florida State University. She has been a finalist in the Third Coast Poetry Contest, was a Best New Poets nominee from FIELD, and is a past winner of the Georgetown Review Poetry Prize.