The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature poet Lynne Thompson, Monday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Thompson won the 2008 GLCA New Writers Award for "Beg No Pardon," a collection of poetry that reflects on the journey of life from childhood through adulthood. One of the judges who chose Thompson's collection noted that her poems "seduce and confront and refuse to be anonymous--or they revel in the transgressions anonymity affords. They really do beg no pardon."

Thompson was born and raised in Los Angeles by parents born in the Windward Islands, West Indies. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She currently serves as the director of employee and labor relations at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker with a 6:30 p.m. performance.

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The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.