Department of English News

Poet’s venue mirrors his influences

 

Dave Smith, a well-known Southern poet and professor, will give two readings in Greenville.

Dave Smith, a well-known Southern poet and professor, will give two readings in Greenville.

Noted poet and professor Dave Smith of Johns Hopkins University will give a free reading at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Greenville Museum of Art. On Wednesday, Smith will give another reading as the guest speaker at the Robert Penn Warren Exhibit at Joyner Library, part of the Contemporary Writers Series, hosted by the library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

Smith is the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry at the Maryland university. His poetry depicts our country’s changing landscape and its changing South. Smith’s influences include the late Robert Penn Warren, a writer, critic, and professor, who won three Pulitzer Prices, and served as the first Poet Laureate. Warren’s impact on Smith makes the library exhibit an ideal venue for his performance.

Smith’s other influences include the late James Dickey and the late A.R. Ammons, a North Carolinian, who was a renowned poet and novelist.

The event will be held amid an exhibit that contains some of the most notable work from the Stuart Wright Collection and the largest collection of Warren material outside of Yale University.

For information, contact Tom Douglass at 328-6723 or email him at douglasst@ecu.edu.