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Visiting Writers Series Hosts
Allison Joseph and Van Jordan

Posted February 8, 2001

HOLLAND -- The Hope College Visiting Writers Series will host poets Allison Joseph and Van Jordan on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in conjunction with both Women's Week and Black History Month.

The reading will be preceded by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Allison Joseph is the author of three collections of poetry: "What Keeps Us Here" (1992), "Soul Train" (1997), and "In Every Seam" (1997). "What Keeps Us Here" was the winner of Ampersand Press' 1992 Women Poets Series Competition, and was also awarded the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from "Ploughshares" and Emerson College. Joseph is a graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, and now teaches at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Van Jordan's first collection of poems, "Rise," will be published this year by Tia Chucha Press. He was a semi-finalist in the 1999 Discovery/Nation Poetry Awards, and was also a recipient of the Hughes, Diop, Knight Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Center. His poetry has appeared in journals such as "Seneca Review," "Brilliant Corners" and "Arkansas Review." Jordan has a bachelor of arts degree from Wittenburg College, a master of arts from Howard University and a master of fine arts from Warren Wilson.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 East 8th Street in downtown Holland. More information about the Visiting Writers Series may be obtained by calling the college's department of English at (616) 395-7620.

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