Baylor Department of English Presents 20th Annual Beall Poetry Festival

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March 24, 2014

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WACO, Texas (March 24, 2014) – The department of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences will host the 20th annual Beall Poetry Festival Wednesday, March 26, through Friday, March 28. The three-day celebration of contemporary poets will include readings, a panel discussion and the Virginia Beall Ball Lecture on Contemporary Poetry.

Notable guests will include American poets Andrew Hudgins and Christian Wiman, Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort and Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English at Emory University.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, March 26

3:30 p.m., Carroll Science Building, Room 101

Student Literary Awards

6:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Virginia Beall Ball Lecture in Contemporary Poetry: "In the heartland of the ordinary: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the Divided Traditions of Modern and Contemporary Poetry," by Ronald Schuchard

Thursday, March 27

3:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Poetry Reading by Valzhyna Mort

6:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Poetry Reading by Christian Wiman

Friday, March 28

3:30 p.m., Carroll Science, Room 101.

Panel discussion with participants

6:30 p.m., Bennett Auditorium

Poetry Reading by Andrew Hudgins

Carroll Science Building is at 1401 S. 5th St. and Bennett Auditorium is at 1420 S. 7th St.

All festival events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the department of English at (254) 710-1768.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


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