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McNeese Hosts Poetry Reading

September 11, 2017 | McNeese Public Relations
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Award-winning poet – and a McNeese State University alumnus – Michael Shewmaker will give a free reading at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the McNeese Stream Alumni Center as the guest speaker for the 2017 Leo Luke Marcello Visiting Poet Reading Series.

Michael ShewmakerShewmaker received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing degree from McNeese (2010) and his doctorate in creative writing from Texas Tech University.

He is currently a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University, where he received a prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry.

His first collection of poems, “Penumbra,” won the 2017 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize sponsored by the Ohio University Press.

The Marcello series – named in honor of the late McNeese professor and poet Leo Luke Marcello – is sponsored by McNeese’s MFA program in creative writing.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at