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Area poets celebrate career of APSU Prof David Till

Austin Peay celebrates the career and retirement of Dr. David Till, professor of languages and literature, with an evening of poetry.

A Conversation in Poetry with David Till and Friends will begin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in APSUs music/mass communication building concert theatre. A reception will follow.

An APSU instructor since 1971, Till has brought numerous noteworthy poets and writers to campus and mentored many aspiring poets during his 33-year career.
Austin Peay celebrates the career and retirement of Dr. David Till, professor of languages and literature, with an evening of poetry.

“A Conversation in Poetry with David Till and Friends” will begin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, in APSU's music/mass communication building concert theatre. A reception will follow.

An APSU instructor since 1971, Till has brought numerous noteworthy poets and writers to campus and mentored many aspiring poets during his 33-year career.

“Dave Till, more than anyone, made me believe that words could matter deeply,” says former student Jeff Hardin, who recently won Storyline Press's Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize for his first book, “Fall Sanctuary.”

“Without his influence I would simply speak as a stranger to myself.”

Hosted by Barry Kitterman, APSU associate professor of languages and literature, the event will feature Hardin along with poets Malcolm Glass, retired APSU professor of English; Frank and Peggy Steele, Western Kentucky University professors of English; Bill Brown, Vanderbilt University assistant professor of education; and G'anne Harmon, creative writing program director for Harpeth Hall, Nashville.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone 7891.
—Terry Stringer