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McNeese Poetry Reading Set

The annual Frank Granger Poetry Reading will feature poet Rodney Jones at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the McNeese State University Business Conference Center. This free reading is sponsored by the McNeese Master of Fine Arts program.

Jones is the award-winning author of “Village Prodigies” (2017), “Imaginary Logic” (2011), “Salvation Blues” (2006), “Kingdom of the Instant: Poems” (2004) and “Elegy for the Southern Drawl” (1999).

Named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, Jones is also the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence and the Peter I. B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the second poet to be inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

A native of Alabama, Jones received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina. Jones has served on the creative writing faculties at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of Cincinnati and Virginia Intermont College. He now teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

 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 cdo@mcneese.edu.