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Poetry reading to feature Zone 3 press contest winners

Austin Peay State Universitys Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is hosting a poetry reading by the co-winners of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award competition.

Slated for 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Kimbrough Buildings Gentry Auditorium, the evening event features readings by co-winners Andrew Kozma and Leigh Anne Couch with an introduction and reading by Richard Jackson.
Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is hosting a poetry reading by the co-winners of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award competition.

Slated for 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Kimbrough Building's Gentry Auditorium, the evening event features readings by co-winners Andrew Kozma and Leigh Anne Couch with an introduction and reading by Richard Jackson.

Author of “City of Regret,” Kozma earned a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His poems have been published in “American Letters & Commentary,” “Pebble Lake Review,” “Third Coast” “Spoon River Poetry Review” and “Best New Poets 2005 and 2006.” His play, “The Waiting Game” will be published by “Sojourn.”

Couch, author of “Houses Fly Away,” is the managing editor of the “Sewanee Review.” Her poems have appeared in such publications as the “Western Humanities Review,” “Shenandoah,” “32 Poems,” “Alaska Quarterly Review,” “Blackbird” and “The Carolina Quarterly.” Her chapbook, “Green and Helpless,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. Couch has held residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Jackson, who will introduce the co-winners and also read from his own poetry, is the author of nine books, including “Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems,” (Autumn House, 2004), “Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003) and “Svetovi Narazen” (Slovenia, 2001).

He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry: “The Fire Under the Moon” and “Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets” (Aleph, 1993), and he edits an eastern European chapbook series. He is the author of a book of criticism, “Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry” (Agee Prize) and “Acts of Mind: Interviews with Contemporary American Poets” (Choice Award).

In 2000, the president of Slovenia awarded Jackson the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans. Jackson has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, Witter-Bynner and Fulbright fellowships. He has received teaching awards from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Vermont College.

For more information, contact Susan Wallace, Zone 3 Press, by telephone at (931) 221-7031 or e-mail wallacess@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke