Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Poet Melina Draper

Poet Melina Draper will read from her work at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in Powers 29. Chester College of New England creative writing student Kenneth Hodge will open.

Draper’s poems have appeared in Borderlands: A Texas Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, Salamander, Antietam Review, Elixir and other journals. Pudding House published her chapbook What Better Place than This? in 2003. She is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has lived in Fairbanks for three winters. Her newest work is Place of Origin~Lugar de Origen (Oyster River Press 2008), a bilingual book of poetry co-authored by Draper and Argentine writer Elena Lafert. The book, divided into two sections, “The Butterfly Effect” and “Naval Gazing” explores family ties across time and distance.

Draper's visit is hosted by the Chester College of New England's Visiting Writers Series and is part of the college's celebration of National Poetry Month. Admission is free.

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