Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Joshua Bennett

Monday, January 21, 2019
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) will present Joshua Bennett, LR’s MLK Day Speaker, on Monday, January 21 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium at 10 a.m. and Belk Centrum at 7 p.m. 

Joshua Bennett is a performance poet who has been featured on HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices. He tours around the world as a performance artist and has recited his original work at the Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama's Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word at the White House. Bennett has been a recipient of a Marshall Fellowship and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and he recently received his PhD in English from Princeton University. Bennett has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and Cave Canem. He won the 2015 National Poetry Series and has been published in multiple magazines, including Boston Review and The Kenyon Review. He published his debut collection, The Sobbing School, in 2016. Bennett is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and serves as an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Bennett has also authored the book, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man, which is forthcoming from Harvard University Press and his second collection of poems, Owed, will be published by Penguin Books in 2020.

Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Café Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting.

Mission Statement:

The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University believes that reading is an essential element in the creation of vibrant communities. We invite authors to read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world. Children's writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word. We believe that a community of readers is a better community.

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Monday, January 21, 2019 · add to calendar 2019-01-21 09:00:00 2019-01-21 17:00:00 America/New_York Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Joshua Bennett https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/423230/lenoir-rhyne-universitys-visiting-writers-series-presents-joshua-bennett Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC, 28601
Free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended in advance for Laila Lalami, Armistead Maupin, and Louise Penny.
Call 828.328.7206 to order.

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