HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 11, 2015 – The Phoenix Reading Series at High Point University will host author and poet Randall Horton at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 in The David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
Horton is the author of memoirs, “Roxbury” and “Hook: A Memoir,” and poetry collections, “The Definition of Place,” “The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street,” and his most recent, “Pitch Dark Anarchy.” He is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, a Cave Canem fellow, and recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He serves on the Board of Directors for Pen America’s Pen Prison Writing Program, and is a senior editor at Willow Books.
“We are excited to welcome Randall Horton to campus for the Phoenix Reading Series,” says Dr. Charmaine Cadeau, assistant professor of English, who helped coordinate the event. “His poetry is as fascinating as his life story. Horton’s reflections on his experiences as an international drug smuggler, prisoner and now professor do more than tell a story of perseverance. Instead, I believe the audience will be moved by his artful and insightful poems that consider how tightly we are all interconnected, no matter our immediate circumstances.”
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 Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant.