Poetry Reading Features Award-winning Author
Fleda Brown, winner of the 2007 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and
former poet laureate of Delaware, will read from her works during a
poetry reading at Alma College.
Brown’s presentation, part of Alma College ‘s Michigan Author Speaker Series, takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 in the Alma College Library. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Fleda Brown is a warm and wise poet,” says Bill Palmer, professor of English. “Her poems focus on a variety of experiences, such as a family cottage at Central Lake, playing flashlight tag, swimming at night, a mother watching her athletic daughter, a sister remembering her intellectually disabled brother, 9-11, going through security at airports, evil, and Elvis.
“Thoughtful and entertaining, Brown helps us see what it means to be human in all our complexity,” he says.
Brown’s books, essays, and individual poems have won many awards. Her sixth collection of poems, Reunion (2007), was the winner of the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin. She has read and lectured in secondary schools, retirement communities, libraries, bookstores, a prison for delinquent adolescents, Rotary Clubs, AAUWs, and many universities and colleges, from Oxford University, London, to small liberal arts colleges.
Her experiences include reading with cowboy poets in North Dakota and for the Delaware governor and legislature. She served as poet laureate of Delaware from 2001 to 2007, when she retired from the University of Delaware.
She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency master’s program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and she spends summers with her husband, also a retired English professor, at their cottage on a small lake in northern Michigan. Between them, they have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Brown was born in Columbia, Mo., and grew up in Fayetteville, Ark. She earned her Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in American Literature, from the University of Arkansas. In 1978 she joined the faculty of the University of Delaware English Department, where she founded the Poets in the Schools Program, which she directed for more than 12 years.
Posted: Fri, October 31st, 2008 at 12:37AM