LEWISTON, Idaho - Poet Kevin Goodan will be reading from his latest book of poems Upper Level Disturbances as part of the Lewis-Clark State College Visiting Writer Series, Friday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the LCSC Center for Arts and History, 415 Main Street, Lewiston.
Kevin Goodan was born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his stepfather and brothers are tribal members. Goodan earned his BA from the University of Montana and worked as a firefighter for 10 years with the U.S. Forest Service before receiving his MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004.
Poet Kevin Goodan
Goodan’s first collection of poetry, In the Ghost House Acquainted (2004), won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award in 2005. In an interview with Goodan for Astrophil Press, poet Gregory Lawless noted the “breathtaking moments of solitude” of Goodan’s style, which “exhibits both pastoral eloquence and psychological intensity.” Goodan’s poems have been published in various journals, including Ploughshares, The Colorado Review, and The Mid-America Poetry Review. His second collection, Winter Tenor, was published in 2009 and Upper Level Disturbances was published in 2012 as part of the Western Mountain Poetry Series by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. Forward Observer, a book of prophesies, in collaboration with Tacoma artist Juniper White, will be published in 2014 by Dwell Press.
Goodan has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Connecticut, and has served as Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University. He currently teaches English and Publishing Arts at Lewis-Clark State College and resides in Joel, Idaho.
The reading is free and open to the public.