Award-Winning Poet Steve Davenport at the Menifee Valley Campus

As part of the Mt. San Jacinto College Visiting Writer's Series, in association with Poets & Writers, Inc., the Menifee Valley Campus English Department presents award-winning poet Steve Davenport who will read and engage in a discussion about the craft of writing poetry. Join us for “Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn,” on Tuesday, September 25th, from 11am – 12:30 pm, in room 407 on the MVC, located at 28237 La Piedra Rd, Menifee.
 
This is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the public to listen to a successful poet: 
 
Steve Davenport (PhD, University of Illinois) serves as Associate Director of the University of Illinois Creative Writing Program. He also teaches undergraduate Creative Writing classes and served for several years as Nonfiction Editor for the university’s prestigious arts and literary journal, Ninth Letter. He’s the author of two books of poetry: Uncontainable Noise (2006) and Overpass (2012). His poems, stories, and essays have been anthologized, reprinted, and published in dozens of literary magazines. A recent story, originally published in The Southern Review, received Special Mention in the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology. His Murder on Gasoline Lake, published first in Black Warrior Review (and later packaged as a New American Press chapbook), is listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007. His chapbook Nine Poems and Three Fictions won one of The Literary Review’s 2007- 2008 Charles Angoff Awards for Outstanding Contributions in a Volume Year. His scholarship includes an essay about Kerouac and work in Boys Don't Cry?: Rethinking Narratives of Masculinity and Emotion in the U.S. (Columbia Univ. Press) and one about Richard Hugo’s poetry in All Our Stories Are Here: Critical Perspectives on Montana Literature (Univ. of Nebraska Press). Recently he’s gotten involved in songwriting projects. One example is Art Box Collective. Another is the work he’s done with Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie on This Noise in My Blood, a CD of seven songs, published on their label Bruised River Music.
 
For more information, listen to a recent radio interview with Steve Davenport at the Poets’ Voices Blog: http://poetsvoices.podbean.com/2012/08/28/steve-davenport-poet-and-fiction-writer/
 
 
For further information contact Rickianne Rycraft, English Dept. Chair and Coordinator of Visiting Writers Series, at 951-639-5642 or rrycraft@msjc.edu