The Department of English at West Virginia University is excited to announce its Second English Gathering, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1 in Colson Hall on the downtown campus. The event is part of WVU’s Mountaineer Week.
The Gathering is an opportunity for graduates and former faculty of the department to convene in celebration of all things literary. Current students in the department’s four graduate programs (PhD, MFA, MAPWE and MA) will give informal talks on their research, creative writing and teaching practices, and guests will have the opportunity to roam the halls of historic Colson Hall and meet with current and former faculty and students.
A celebratory wine and hors d’oeuvre reception will begin at 6:00, to be followed by a special program in honor and memory of the distinguished West Virginia poet Tom Andrews. The program will feature readings of Andrews’ poems, a personal reflection on his life by Creative Writing Program Director Mary Ann Samyn, and a talk by the distinguished poet, translator, scholar and editor David Young, who is Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College. Professor Young is the author of countless books of poetry, translation, nonfiction and criticism, including most recently, Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times: Selected Haiku of Basho (Knopf, 2013), and Field of Light and Shadow: Selected and New Poems (Knopf, 2010).
A special announcement will conclude the celebratory event.
The Second English Gathering is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.