Highly Acclaimed Creative Writing Alumni to Read Poetry at UM

April 01, 2016

MISSOULA – Two alumni of the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program will bring their poetry to UM at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105.

This month’s event will feature readings by UM alumni Sarah Gridley and Joshua Corey and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at UM and the Programs of National Distinction.

Gridley, an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, teaches numerous poetry workshops, including courses on diverse topics such as feminism and ecology. She has written three books of poetry, “Weather Eye Open,” “Green is the Orator” and “Loom,” and received the Ohio Arts Council 2009 Individual Excellence Award and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship.

Corey, an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College in Evanston, Illinois, focuses on failure, desire and pastoral themes in his sonnet-like poetry. He has written four poetry collections, most recently “The Barons,” and the novel “Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy.” He also has co-edited an anthology of nature poems, “The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral,” and co-translated a book of prose poems, “Partisan of Things.” Corey received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, served as a poet-in-residence at the University of Illinois and chaired the Print and Digital Publishing Program at Lake Forest College.

Each semester UM’s Creative Writing Program brings highly acclaimed writers, professors and lecturers to the University as part of its Visiting Writing Series.

For more information on the event, call Karin Schalm, Creative Writing Program coordinator at UM, at 406-243-5267, email creativewriting@mso.umt.edu or visit the program’s website at http://hs.umt.edu/creativewriting/default.php

To read more about Gridley’s work, visit http://english.case.edu/faculty/sarah-gridley/.  To sample some of Corey’s work, visit www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/joshua-corey.


Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program coordinator, 406-243-5267, karin.schalm@mso.umt.edu.