posted September 7, 2010

Visiting Writers Series to Feature Wayne Miller

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature poet Wayne Miller during the Fifth Annual Tom Andrews Memorial Reading on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Wayne Miller is the author of two collections of poems. Published in 2006, Miller's first book, "Only the Senses Sleep" (New Issues, 2006), received the William Rockhill Nelson Award. His most recently published book, "The Book of Props" (Milkweed, 2009), was named one of the 15 best poetry books and one of the five best second poetry collections of 2009 by "Coldfront Magazine."

In the fall of 2011 his third collection, titled "The City, Our City," will be published by Milkweed.

Miller is also the translator of "Moikom Zeqo's I Don't Believe in Ghosts" (BOA Editions, 2007), and is an editor of "New European Poets" (Graywolf, 2008). He is the recipient of many awards including the George Bogin Award, the Lucille Medwick Award (in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009), and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize from the Poetry Foundation.

Miller lives in Kansas City and teaches at the University of Central Missouri, where he edits "Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing."

Every year one reading in the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series is done in honor of Tom Andrews (1961 - 2001), a 1984 Hope graduate who was born and grew up in West Virginia. Following Hope, he earned his M.F.A. at the University of Virginia. In his lifetime, Andrews published three books of poems and a memoir, "Codeine Diary," about his coming to terms with his hemophilia and his determined refusal to let it circumscribe his life. He also edited two collections of essays, "The Point Where All Things Meet: Essays on Charles Wright" and "On William Stafford: The Worth of Local Things." In 2002, Oberlin College Press published "Random Symmetries: The Collected Poems of Tom Andrews," a posthumous volume comprised of two previously published books of poetry, "The Brother's Country" and "The Hemophiliac's Motorcycle," and other works.

Additional information about the series may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/vws.

A performance by a Hope jazz group will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.