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When/Where: Friday, October 5, 2001, 7:30 p.m.; Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History
Contact: Dr. Carman C. Curton, Assistant Professor, Lewis-Clark State College (208) 792-230, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Poet To Read From New Collection
Lewis-Clark State College is hosting a poetry reading and community reception to recognize Professor Dennis Held and to celebrate the publication of his new collection of poetry, Betting on the Night (Lost Horse Press, 2001). The event will be held Friday, October 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History.
In addition to advising Talking River Review, the literary magazine produced by LCSC students, Held teaches a variety of classes at the college. Although Betting on the Night is Held's first poetry collection to appear in print, he is an accomplished and prolific writer, having published more than 100 articles, essays, and book reviews in addition to his poems, which have appeared in magazines such as Alaska Quarterly Review and Poetry. Among his many honors are first place awards in essay contests at the University of Montana and University of Idaho, as well as the Academy of American Poets Prize.
"When I was growing up," Held says, "I was taught that poetry was written by dead, British, white guys, in a kind of language that seemed very removed from my experience. I was a first-year college student at 25 years of age, when a teacher in Wisconsin, Phil Zweifel, introduced me to poetry that was about working-people's lives." Held's poetry is earthy and vital, reflecting his philosophy that poems, written in a heightened but recognizable kind of language are exciting, and seem to go below the surface, to talk about important things-how people live and feel and think, in America today.
"Dennis is a tremendous teacher and a poet of unique insight," says Dr. Bernice Harris, chair of the Division of Literature & Languages at LCSC. "We are pleased to celebrate the publication of his book and glad to honor him for this as well as for his many contributions to our school and our community over the years."
The Lewis-Clark Center for Arts is located at 415 Main Street, in Lewiston, on the corner of Main and Fifth. The public is invited to the reading, and refreshments will be served.
State College, 500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 792-5272