Leidig Lectureship in Poetry
Van Dyke Center - Board of Visitors Lounge
This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, and Emory & Henry College will once again celebrate the art form with the annual Leidig Lectureship in Poetry.
The event will take place on Monday, April 11 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Van Dyke Center Board of Visitors Lounge.
Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English at Mercer University and an award-winning poet, will kick-off the event with a talk on the craft of creating poetry.
Silver holds a B.A. in english and creative writing from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century British literature, gender studies, the body in literature and culture, poetry, and children’s literature. This past year, Silver was honored in the poetry category of the Georgia Author of the Year awards for her book, I Watched You Disappear (Louisiana State University Press, 2014), which explores themes such as faith, redemption, memory and family, seeking to find the eternal within the ordinary world.
Student Laken Brooks will present a student reading starting at 3:30 p.m. Brooks, a member of the Honors Program, is an English major. Her chapbook, Inside the Dark Room, was recently published by Middle Island Press.
Later that evening, the event will conclude with Silver reading from her works and signing books. Her poetry collections include From Nothing: Poems (forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press); I Watched You Disappear (LSU Press, 2014); The Ninety-Third Name of God (LSU Press, 2010); and Saints of Autumn (Redbone Chapbooks, 2006). She is also the author of Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body (Cambridge University Press, 2002). She is included in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edward Hirsch.
The Leidig Lectureship was created in appreciation of Dr. Daniel G. Leidig, Jr. (1928-2006), former student, professor and dean, and in recognition of his love of poetry The Lectureship was established by Helen Power, former librarian (1943-1971), and Harriette Mooring Horner, honor graduate of the Class of 1990. The purpose of the Lectureship is to encourage the study, writing, reading and sharing of poetry as vital human undertakings.
All three events are eligible for lyceum credit