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Award-winning writers slated to visit APSU on April 13

Austin Peay State Universitys Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is pleased to present award-winning writers, Dr. David Axelrod and Dr. Jodi Varon.

Axelrod and Varon will read from their work at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in APSUs Gentry Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.

An informal discussion will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Harned Hall, Room 301. Both events are free and open to the public.

Barry Kitterman, associate professor of English, is not only a close friend of Axelrod and Varon, but also a fan of their work.
Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is pleased to present award-winning writers, Dr. David Axelrod and Dr. Jodi Varon.

Axelrod and Varon will read from their work at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in APSU's Gentry Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.

An informal discussion will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Harned Hall, Room 301. Both events are free and open to the public.

Barry Kitterman, associate professor of English, is not only a close friend of Axelrod and Varon, but also a fan of their work.

“I've been reading their work for 25 years, since we were all in graduate school together at the University of Montana,” says Kitterman. “David is a poet for whom the natural world is a source of inspiration and heartbreak. He comes to us in a long train of poets that go back to James Wright and Theodore Roethke before him.

“Jodi's work is enriched by her knowledge of other culturesChina, Latin America, the Jewish ghettoes of Eastern Europe. They are both fine writers who have dedicated their lives to their craft.”

Axelrod is a winner of the Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prize and the Spokane Poetry Prize. His most recent works include “The Cartographer's Melancholy” and “Troubled Intimacies: A Life in the Interior West,” which was written upon completion of a poem, titled “The Kingdom At Hand.” The book was written from material Axelrod cut from the poem.

Axelrod's work has been published in many journals and anthologies including the Kenyon Review, Cimarron Review, Boulevard and From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry.
Axelrod earned a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University in Ohio, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana in Missoula and a Ph.D. from Ohio University in Athens.

An Ohio native, Axelrod is a professor of English at Eastern Oregon University.

Varon's latest works include “The Rock's Cold Breath: The Selected Poems of Li He” and “Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father.” “The Rock's Cold Breath,” a collection of 23 poems, is Varon's translations of Tang Dynasty poet, Li He.

A recipient of the William Stafford Fellowship in nonfiction from Oregon Literary Arts, Varon also has received fellowships from Eastern Oregon University and the Fishtrap Foundation. Varon's poems and stories have been published in APSU's Zone 3 magazine, The Seattle Review, Cutbank, Pacific International and Island of Geese and Stars.

Varon received a bachelor's degree from the University of Denver, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana and a doctorate from Ohio University.

Varon is a professor of English and writing at Eastern Oregon University.

For more information, contact Kitterman by telephone at (931) 221-7878. — Crissy Laubach-Young