Monday, November 29, 2010

Beat Generation Poet To Do Reading At TTU

American Beat poet Anne Waldman will offer a reading and lead a workshop at Tennessee Tech University as part of English instructor Andy Smith’s Living Writers Project. Waldman is the latest in a series of writers who have visited campus this year to speak to American literature students and the public. Waldman’s reading is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Backdoor Playhouse on campus. A reception for Waldman precedes the reading at 6 p.m. Local writer Rebecca Neel will open the show. On Friday, Dec. 3, Waldman leads a workshop in Henderson Hall, Room 318. You should contact Smith at 372-6371 to reserve a spot in the workshop. Smith said he met Waldman in 1991 when he studied at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics housed at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. Waldman is artistic director of its celebrated summer writing program. The reading at Backdoor Playhouse is a Center Stage event that is free and open to the public. Center Stage program events use General Education funding to bring programs to campus that enhance student understanding of the arts. Waldman’s visit to campus also is made possible via funding from the Quality Enhancement Plan, a five-year university initiative to improve the quality of student learning.  At the end of the semester, Smith and the students will co-publish a book of original work alongside analysis and reflection about their experiences in the course.