Major Author Reading Series presents Jane Springer

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Hayden Hall, Room 100 - Auditorium 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy., Bronx, NY 10471

Born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and raised in several small towns across the South, poet Jane Springer earned a PhD at Florida State University. Her debut poetry collection, Dear Blackbird (2007), won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize from the University of Utah Press. Her second collection, Murder Ballad (2012), received the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books. Influenced by Flannery O’Connor and Larry Levis, Springer writes narrative, often long-form poems that portray rural Southern life as at once mythic and passionate. Poet Lynnell Edwards, reviewing Murder Ballad, noted, "Springer's long line is fearless in its music, indulging luscious sounds and pounding measures. Traversing the despair of the rural south, [she] exploits the urgency and dread of every keening murder ballad, showing how that cleaving is both our undoing and our salvation."

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Lecture/Presentation/Seminar, Mission Month


English, School of Arts


Students (all), Faculty/Staff, Public (open to local Riverdale community)

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Manhattan Magazine

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Dominika Wrozynski

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