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Provost Lecture Series: Poet, translator and CECA director Burawa to present Oct. 24


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The director of the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.

Christopher Burawa will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. He will discuss his in-depth research into how artists address the concept of democracy through their work. He hopes to expand the discussion of how the arts are interpreting democracy through various art forms and lenses to include practical discussions of the political landscape.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Burawa earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and he has made a name for himself over the years as an award-winning poet and translator. Cleveland State University Press published his book of poems, “The Small Mystery of Lapses,” in 2006. His translations of contemporary Icelandic poet Jóhann Hjálmarsson won the 2005 Toad Press International Chapbook Competition. He was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2003, a 2006 Witter Bynner Translation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, a 2007 Literature Fellowship for Translation from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2008 American-Scandinavian Foundation Creative Writing Fellowship. He translated from Icelandic a short story by Óskar Magnússon, “Dr. Amplatz,” which will be published in Best European Fiction 2014 by Dalkey Archive Press. He also translated from Icelandic a short story by Kristín Eiríksdóttir, “Doris Dies,” to be published in an upcoming issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review. 

In 2009, Burawa joined APSU as the director of its Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. During his tenure, he has worked to expand the center’s notoriety and its reach within the community.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed in real time via online streaming at Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at