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Department of English: Poets & Speaker

On Tuesday, April 23, the Department of English hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith for a Q&A session with students about her collection Life on Mars, followed by an evening reading and book signing in the Little Theatre. The event was jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Department of English. For more information, click here. Tracy Smith
For the GCU Centennial Celebration, The Department of English and Communications was honored to present Billy Collins, Ph.D., who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Collins is the author of several books of poetry, including Ballistics (2008), She Was Just Seventeen (2006), The Trouble with Poetry (2005); Nine Horses (2002); Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001); and Picnic, Lightning (1998). His poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks, and a variety of periodicals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Harper’s, Paris Review, and The New Yorker. Billy Collins
2011 Dr. Paul Mariani, author of six poetry collections and published biographies on Hart Crane, Robert Lowell, William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, spoke on April 28th.  
2008 Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Founder & Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University, publisher of 8 books of poetry and co-editor of three anthologies. Read from her most recent book All That Lies Between Us.  
2008 Dr. Merrill Skaggs, Baldwin Professor of the Humanities, Drew University. Spoke on Willa Cather and William Faulkner.  
2006 Robert Pinsky, three time Poet Laureate of The United States, presented a poetry reading.  
2006 David Amram famed composer, presented The David Amram Jazz Trio and Reminiscences of life on The Road with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and The Beats.  

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