posted January 16, 2007

Two Hope Faculty Poets to Read

Heather Sellers and Susanna Childress Banner of the Hope College English faculty will give a poetry reading on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Both faculty members studied creative writing at Florida State University, where both were students of poet David Kirby. Sellers received her Ph.D. in fiction in 1992, and Childress is completing her Ph.D. in poetry this year.

Heather Sellers is the author of six books, most recently "Chapter by Chapter," a sequel to her book for writers, "Page after Page," as well as forthcoming poetry from New Issues Press and a creative writing textbook from Bedford/St. Martins. A multi-genre writer, she has received an NEA fellowship, Millay and Ragdale residencies, and a Barnes and Noble New Discovery Writers Award. She is currently working on a memoir, "Face First," addressing her own experience with prosopagnosia, or, face blindness.

Susanna Childress Banner is the author of "Jagged with Love," a debut volume of poems chosen by Billy Collins for the 2005 Brittingham Prize. She is also recipient of an AWP Intro Award, the Foley Award, a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and creative writing fellowships from the James Michener Center and Florida State University. She is currently working on her second book of poetry and a collection of short stories.

Hope seniors Nicole Brace of Saline and Katherine Yanney of Wheaton, Ill., will introduce the two faculty readers. After the reading both poets will be available to sign copies of their books, which will also be available for purchase.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.