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Poet Richard Garcia reads at Georgia Southern University Feb. 18

Richard Garcia, an award-winning poet and author, will read on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Room 1115, College of Education Building on the campus of Georgia Southern University. This is the first appearance at Georgia Southern by the San Francisco native and former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts.

‘Bringing renowned poets like Richard Garcia to Georgia Southern is important because it gives students a chance to see that poetry is not a stuffy old antique confined to textbooks and classroom study, but a living, breathing, contemporary art with a lot of variety and with meaningful things to say about our world and ourselves,” says Professor and Acting Chair of the Writing and Linguistics Department, Eric Nelson.

Garcia has written three books of poetry, each receiving wide critical acclaim. His most recent book, ‘The Persistence of Objects,” was published in 2006. Garcia is the recipient of the Pushcart prize, the Cohen award and has served as poet-in-residence at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In addition to his writing, Garcia has also served in several teaching roles including positions at the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.

Says Nelson, ‘Richard Garcia is a terrific poet whose poems are distinctive for their surprising imagination and gentle humor. Some poems are wildly surreal and some are purely literal, but they are always engaging and filled with wonder and compassion.”

Prior to his poetry reading at 7 p.m. Garcia will be leading a question and answer workshop with University students at 4 p.m. in Room 2209, Newton Building. Students majoring in Writing and Linguistics are encouraged to attend as Garcia will share candid thoughts on poetry writing.

Both events are free to the public and student body at Georgia Southern University. For more information on Garcia, visit: www.richardgarcia.info

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