Phoenix Reading Series to Feature Jacqueline Osherow

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 28, 2015 – Author Jacqueline Osherow will share her poetry on the High Point University campus at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event, part of the HPU Phoenix Reading Series & Festival, is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Osherow will read from her newest book of poems, “Ultimatum from Paradise: Poems,” juxtaposed by slides of Italian architecture. Her reading will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session, a book signing and light reception.

“Osherow is a rare master of classical poetic forms, which she leverages to new and fresh effects,” says Dr. Jacob Paul, assistant professor of English, who helped organize the event. “She provides an approach performative of her fascination with Italian culture and her own Jewish heritage.”

Born in Philadelphia, Osherow is a professor of English and director of creative writing and at the University of Utah. She is the author of seven collections of poetry. She has received the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Her poems have appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, America Poetry Review and more.

The Phoenix Reading Series & Festival brings a diverse array of writers and thinkers to the HPU campus each year. It is sponsored in part by an HPU Cultural Enrichment Grant. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.

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