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Poet, Renaissance scholar Joseph Campana to visit ETSU for Creative Writing Residency

Contributed • Sep 18, 2019 at 10:58 PM

Poet, arts critic and Renaissance literature scholar Dr. Joseph Campana will visit East Tennessee State University Sept. 23-24 for the ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing Fall Residency.

Campana will give a poetry reading from his collection, “The Book of Life,” on Monday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m., and a lecture titled “Shakespeare’s Curse,” focusing on Shakespeare and his use of the “curse” word as a special language feature, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Both events, which will be held in the Reece Museum, are sponsored by ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing and the Department of Literature and Language. Campana’s books will be available for purchase and signing and time will be reserved for audience questions at both events.

In addition, Campana will speak with ETSU’s student-run Creative Writing Society on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in Burleson Hall, room 301.

All three events are free and open to all students interested in creative writing and to the public.

Campana is the Alan Dugald McKillop Professor of English at Rice University in Houston. In addition to “The Book of Life,” which was published this year, his poetry collections include “The Book of Faces” and “Natural Selections.” His poetry also appears in Slate, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review and Colorado Review. He has won prizes for individual poems from Prairie Schooner and the Southwest Review.

Campana has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Arts Alliance and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He reviews the arts, books, media and culture for the Houston Chronicle, Culture Map, Kenyon Review and other publications and is the author of dozens of scholarly essays on Renaissance literature and culture, as well as a study of poetics titled “The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity.”

“It is a unique and enriching opportunity for our students to hear from a Renaissance scholar the stature of Joseph Campana,” said Dr. Josh Reid, assistant professor and assistant chair for undergraduate studies in the ETSU Department of Literature and Language. “His cutting-edge research in this period has addressed diverse topics ranging from masculinity to the environment, all of which connect to the interests of a wide swath of our student body.”

For more information, call the Department of Literature and Language at 423-439-4339. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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