April 21, 2018

Charles Simac featured as visiting poet, “Verse Like Water”

Pulitzer Prize Poet Charles Simac

Pulitzer Prize Poet Charles Simac

Verse  Like Water: the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, in  collaboration with The Crossing Arts Alliance, presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic at noon on March 5th in the CLC Chalberg  Theater. This poetry reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing/meet and greet, as well as a workshop at  1:30pm for area writers, artists, and anyone interested in hearing Mr.  Simic speak informally about the necessity of poetry in our lives.

Verse Like Water began in the fall of 2012. So far we have hosted Li-Young  Lee, the Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and the inaugural  poet Richard Blanco.  These events were graciously funded by Five Wings  Regional Arts Council.
Last fall, Verse Like Water earned a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for  $65,000.  This obviously provides exciting funding across 2014, and in  addition to Simic VLW will offer central Minnesota first class literary  events featuring Billy Collins (April 29th), Robert Hass (October 29th)  and Tracy K. Smith (November 21st).

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