The department of English will host the first event of their Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in room G-62 in Xavier Hall. Poets Melody S. Gee and Ted Mathys will read from their work. Everyone is invited to attend.
About the poets
Gee's first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House, won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize. Victoria Chang commented, "Gee proves to us through her poetry that first-generation Asian American experiences still matter and will always matter. But even more so, her quietly unsettling and powerful book speaks to the whole human experience through its exploration of inheritance." Gee is originally from Cerritos, Calif., and currently teaching at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Mathys is the author of two books of poetry, The Spoils and Forge, both from Coffee House Press. The Los Angeles Times describes his work as "a bit like the mid-century poets of the New York School of poetry (which counts John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara among its members), only with the whimsy replaced by a menacing sense of claustrophobia. You find he can go from high culture to low in one stomach-churning swoop." Mathys is originally from Ohio and now lives in St. Louis.
For more info on the Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series, visit the Department of English web site.