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New Jersey Poet-Photographer to Share Between Frames by Kristi Rosa (English, Class of 2015)
Lakewood, N.J., April 16, 2014—In honor of National Poetry Month, Georgian Court University will host noted poet and photographer Mark Hillringhouse on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU's Lakewood campus. Earlier in the day, Mr. Hillringhouse will lead a writing/poetry workshop for GCU students.
Mr. Hillringhouse is a published poet, photographer, and essayist whose work has been featured in books, journals, magazines, and anthologies. He is the founding editor of the American Book Review and winner of the 2011 Allen Ginsburg Award for Poetry. He has also won a National Parks 2012 Calendar photography contest, thus proving himself a man of many talents.
Greatly inspired by the poet William Carlos Williams, one of his most notable projects is the composition of a photo essay written on the Passaic River. The project, which took more than a year to complete, was published in the American Poetry Review. One of his poems, "At Arlington Diner," which can be found in his newest collection of work, Between Frames, grew out of this notable experience.
Published in 2013, Between Frames incorporates poetry and photography. Mr. Hillringhouse's poetry perfectly complements the antiquity of the book's black and white visuals and results in a work that is hauntingly beautiful and startlingly insightful.
"I used it as a tool to help me write," he explained in an interview for Lamplighter magazine. "I'm a visual thinker, and I loved the dark room, watching images appear in the developer 'underwater' as it was like a dream rising to the surface."
Pamela Rader, Ph. D., chair of the GCU Department of English, encourages all writing, poetry, and art enthusiasts to come out to hear Mr. Hillringhouse.
"He is a New Jersey poet who brings with him photography and poetry that are unique to New Jersey. A sense of place is important. His photographs show the power of the visual and its impact on the written."
On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 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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