Poet Patrick Rosal Featured Speaker at Park University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series Event

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Patrick Rosal Oct. 29, 2013 — Author Patrick Rosal will be the featured  poet in the next installment of Park University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series on Tuesday, Nov. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. Rosal’s presentation will be held at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A reception will precede the event at 6 p.m.

Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Boneshepards, honored both by the National Book Critics Circle and the Academy of American Poets as a notable book. His collections have also won the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His poetry and prose have been published widely in journals and anthologies including ESPN’s Grantland, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review and Indiana Review. A former Fulbright Fellow, he is currently on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., associate professor of English, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of the Honors Academy at Park, said that Rosal “is one of the exciting up-and-coming voices in poetry. We’re pleased that he can come to Kansas City where he will find a vibrant Filipino community that we hope will be able to attend his interview.”

The purpose of Park University’s Ethnic Voices Poetry Series, which started in 2007, is to expose individuals to artistic thought and expression that challenges preconceptions about those whose experiences and points of view differ from their own. Because all literature focuses on the human condition, a sharing of that literature promotes a sharing of ideas regarding the challenges, disappointments and celebrations of all people. In addition, literature supports the written and verbal expression of emotions that those activities promote. The EVPS is funded in part by a Missouri Arts Council grant, a state agency and division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Poets in the 2013-14 Ethnic Voices Poetry Series will all be interviewed before the audience by “New Letters on the Air” host, Angela Elam, to air later on radio.

For more information about the Ethnic Voices Poetry Series, visit www.park.edu/ethnic-voices-poetry-series/ or contact Brackett at virginia.brackett@park.edu or (816) 584-6818.

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