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McNeese to Host Poetry Reading

McNeese to Host Poetry Reading

(February 1, 2016) Dr. John Wood, nationally known poet and photographic critic whose books in both fields have won major awards, will give a free poetry reading at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the McNeese State University Stream Alumni Center.
Poet John Wood
Wood is Professor Emeritus of English literature and photographic history at McNeese, where he directed the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing for over 25 years.

His first book, “Orbs,” carried an introduction by poet Allen Ginsberg. His next two books of poetry, “In Primary Light” and “The Gates of the Elect Kingdom,” both won the Iowa Poetry Prize of the University of Iowa Press and were followed by his “Selected Poems 1968-1998.” He later published “Endurance and Suffering: Narratives of Disease in the 19th Century,” which won the prestigious Gold German Photobook Prize, and a collection of poems,

“The Fictions of History.” He also co-curated the landmark Smithsonian Institution exhibition “Secrets of the Dark Chamber,” and is editor of The Journal of Contemporary Photography.

He and his wife, Carol, now live in Saxtons River, Vermont.

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