Poet to Speak at FSW Charlotte Campus

Oct 21, 2015

OCTOBER 21, 2015 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA – The Peace River Center for Writers presents a reading and book signing by poet Gerry LaFemina at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Building O auditorium at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda. The reading is open to the public.

LaFemina's five full-length collections of poetry include The Parakeets of Brooklyn, which received the 2003 Bordighera Prize and was published in a bilingual edition of English and Italian. He is also the author of two collections of prose poems. His collection of short stories, Proofreading America, came out in 2009, and The Vanishing Horizon, a collection of poems, came out in 2010. A noted writer, editor and teacher, LaFemina was nominated for the Michigan Governor's Arts Educator of the Year award in 2000, served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), has received numerous awards for his work, including a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant and an Pushcart Prize.

Peace River Center for Writers members can also attend a poetry composition class with LaFemina from 3-4 p.m. in Building D, Room 203, prior to the reading.

For more information, contact John Pelot, FSW English professor, at jpelot@fsw.edu.


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