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Poet Pursley to give reading at APSU on Jan. 24

      

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Zone 3 Press recently published its fifth book of poetry – a stunning debut collection by John Pursley III – and the author will stop by the campus’ Morgan University Center, room 303, at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 to give a free reading of his work.

      

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Zone 3 Press recently published its fifth book of poetry – a stunning debut collection by John Pursley III – and the author will stop by the campus’ Morgan University Center, room 303, at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 to give a free reading of his work.

            The Zone 3 Press was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit literary press dedicated to publishing emerging writers. It is supported by APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. Editors with the Press judged hundreds of entries in 2009 and picked Pursley's “If You Have Ghosts” as a standout collection.

            Other nationally recognized poets, such as Beth Ann Fennelly, have lauded the work, calling it “graceful, tensile and electric.”

            “Empathetically felt, played out in a deeply nuanced syntax, these poems both reveal and complicate our troubled, troubling world,” Fennelly said.

The poet Joel Brouwer noted that “like a latter day Old Master, Pursley uses meticulous formal technique to conjure vast and lavish landscapes in which you’re glad to lose yourself.”

            Pursley is widely regarded as a talented, up-and-coming poet with several accolades and publications already to his name. He has won the Fugue Poetry Prize, the Southeast Review Poetry Prize and was co-winner of the Sarah Lawrence College Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including AGNI, Colorado Review, Mississippi Review and Poetry. He lives in Greenville, S.C., and teaches creative writing and literature at Clemson University.

            His new book will be available for purchase at the reading, and a signing will follow. The book is also for sale in local bookstores, including APSU Bookstore on campus. For more information on Pursley or Zone 3 Press, contact Susan Wallace at 221-7031.