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APSU presents a poetry reading by Lydia Melvin

Austin Peay State Universitys Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents a poetry reading by African-American poet, Lydia Melvin.

Melvin will read from her new book, South of Here, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 in APSUs Gentry Auditorium. A reception will follow the reading at which Melvin will be available to sign copies of her new book.
Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents a poetry reading by African-American poet, Lydia Melvin.

Melvin will read from her new book, “South of Here,” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 in APSU's Gentry Auditorium. A reception will follow the reading at which Melvin will be available to sign copies of her new book.

Author Patricia Jebbeh Wesley says, “Lydia knows that a poem is not a poem unless it discovers the poet's inside, unless it discovers the possibilities inside itself, something that this book does over and over. For Lydia, poetry is about everything —love, family, hate, the forbidden — everything. This book gives a new voice to poetry with the wildness of fire, with the wildness that only words can know.”

Completing her Master of Arts in African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Melvin also is pursuing her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Binghamton University in New York. Melvin is a 2002-03 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow.

Her reading is free and open to the public.

For more information, telephone (931) 221-7031. — Crissy Laubach-Young