Award-winning poet Bob Hicok to read from his work at Coe

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2011-03-31 14:53:38 - General

Bob Hicok
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Award-winning poet Bob Hicok will share his poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception and book signing to follow.

An emerging influential voice in poetry, Hicok is a prolific poet – publishing about 220 poems in the past three years alone. Many of these have appeared in the best literary magazines in the country, including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The Southern Review. His latest book of poetry is “Words for Empty and Words for Full” (2010).

Hicok has received some of the country’s most prestigious poetry prizes. In 2008, he received the only poetry prize awarded by the nation through the Library of Congress – the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry – for his fifth book of poetry, “This Clumsy Living.” His book “The Legend of Light” won the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, and “Animal Soul” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle. Hicok was also the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008), named a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (2008), and is the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes.

The Los Angeles Times noted that, “Bob Hicok’s poetry is a…temporary solace from the chaos of the world,” while David Wojan called Hicok, “One of the most individual and necessary voices of his generation.”

Hicok is coming to Coe to give this year’s Paul Engle Poetry Reading, in honor of the late Paul Engle, Cedar Rapids native, Coe College graduate and longtime director of the famed Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

“The selection of Bob Hicok as this year’s Paul Engle Poet was in response to a high level of student interest in his poetry,” said English Professor Gina Hausknecht. “We are looking forward to his reading.”

Hicok serves as associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. Prior to teaching, he worked for nearly two decades as an automotive die designer.

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