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Prize-Winning Poets to Headline National Poetry Month at RWU

Authors Ann Townsend and Nathaniel Perry to offer free lectures and poetry readings at Roger Williams University in April
Photo by: Denison University Photograph

Poetry aficionados and casual fans alike are invited to revel in rhyme at Roger Williams University this April in observance of National Poetry Month. To celebrate the month, the University’s Creative Writing Department will hold a series of free poetry readings and lectures featuring guest writers. 

Poet Ann Townsend will visit the University on Monday, April 9 at 4 p.m., to share excerpts from her collections, including “Dime Store Erotics” as well as her more recent 2005 collection “The Coronary Garden.” The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Discovery Prize from The Nation, Townsend’s poems have appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review and many others. She teaches courses in creative writing and literary translation at Denison University in Ohio.

The following week, on Monday, April 16 at 5 p.m., up-and-coming writer Nathaniel Perry will read excerpts from his 52-poem collection, “Nine Acres.” The editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Perry is the winner of the prestigious 2011 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. He teaches creative writing at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. 

Both events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center in the Main Library located at Roger Williams University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. For more information, contact Renee Soto, associate professor of creative writing, at (401) 254-5350 or

National Poetry Month at Roger Williams University has been celebrated for eight consecutive years thanks to the support of the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, and the University’s Alive! Arts Series, which supports arts within the greater RWU community through a succession of free performances by nationally-known artists.