The Salem State Writers Series presents acclaimed poet Oliver de la Paz and Salem State professor J.D. Scrimgeour. Oliver de la Paz, the final judge for this year’s Claire Keyes Poetry Award, will announce the contest winner, and then he will give a reading from his own work. Scrimgeour will share selections from his newly published poetry collection, Lifting the Turtle.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry, and Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2014). His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry.
J.D Scrimgeour is the author of the poetry collection The Last Miles and Territories, and won the AWP Award for Nonfiction for Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class. With musician Philip Swanson, he released Ogunquit & Other Works, a CD blending music and poetry. He is coordinator of creative writing at Salem State. He created and directs the Salem Poetry Seminar, a free week-long summer program for select student poets at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.
This reading will take place in the Metro Room in the Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University.