Award-winning poet Eugene Gloria will read his work and present on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Hiram College’s Alumni Heritage Room at Teachout-Price Hall, 6832 Hinsdale St. The event is part of the Big Read at Hiram College, which was made possible by a $15,000 Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The event is presented by the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature and co-sponsored by the Howard Seymour Bissell and the Robert Kenyon Bissell Symposium Fund.
Eugene Gloria is the author of three books of poems—“My?Warlord,” “Hoodlum Birds” and “Drivers at the Short-Time Motel.” His honors and awards include a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, National Poetry Series selection, an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant, a San Francisco Art Commission grant, a Poetry Society of America Award and a Pushcart Prize Award. He was appointed the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University for the 2013 spring semester. He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.
Started by the NEA in 2006, The Big Read supports community reading programs by funding grants and providing educational resources and promotional materials. The Lindsay-Crane Center and its partners have put on more than 15 individual events since the Big Read began in September. In addition to readings of the College’s 2015-2016 common reading, “Into the Beautiful North,” by Luís Alberto Urrea, events have included film viewings, Mexican art exhibits, author discussions, crafts and more. Additional events are taking place through the end of October. For more information visit: http://www.hiram.edu/big-read.