Appleton poet will open spring Visiting Writers Series Feb. 24

The Ripon College Visiting Writers Series will continue to be held virtually during the spring semester, and members of the greater Ripon community can attend via a Zoom link. Two sessions are scheduled.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.: Appleton, Wisconsin, poet Cathryn Cofell will read. She is the author of six chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections including Stick Figure with Skirt, winner of the 2019 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. She has been published more than 300 times and earned more than 50 awards, including the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award and the Mill Prize for Poetry. Her poems have been set to music on Lip, with Obvious Dog, and in concrete as part of the Appleton Sidewalk Poetry Project. The Council for Wisconsin Writers selected Cofell for the 2020 Christopher Latham Sholes Award for her efforts as founder of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, the WFOP Chapbook Prize and the Appleton reading series called Poetry Unlocked, among others. More information is available here.
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  • Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.: Souvankham Thammavongsa will read. She is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (Little, Brown, 2020), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and PEN America’s Open Book Award, and winner of Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Granta and NOON. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, and was raised and educated in Toronto, Canada.

Anyone who would like to attend the virtual readings can send an email to Associate Professor of English Megan Gannon at [email protected] to receive a Zoom invitation.
(Photo: Cathryn Cofell, left, and Souvankham Thammavongsa)


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