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Inaugural poet Richard Blanco highlights reading series

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The Spring 2014 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis features President Barack Obama’s second inaugural poet as a guest speaker.

The series kicks off with fiction writer and essayist Jacinda Townsend as guest reader on Thursday, Feb. 27. It concludes with a reading by 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco on Thursday, April 10.

Townsend will read from her works at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. Townsend’s work is published in literary journals such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, Obsidian II, Passages North, Phoebe and Xavier Review, and anthologized in “Surreal South” and “Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists.” Her nonfiction appears in two different series of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

Townsend, who teaches writing fiction at Indiana University Bloomington, took her first creative writing class at Harvard and began registering for writing workshops while studying at Duke Law School. In 1999 she was a part of the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Blanco’s reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in the Basile Auditorium of the Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St.

In 2013, Blanco served as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, reading “One Today” during Obama’s second inauguration. He is the youngest poet and the first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. Following the Boston Marathon bombing, he wrote “Boston Strong” and read the piece at a benefit concert for bombing victims, as well as a Red Sox baseball game. He published the poem in a limited edition “Boston Strong” chapbook and donated the proceeds to those most affected by the bombing.

Reiberg events are free and open to the public. The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series is sponsored by the Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI Department of English chair and Professor Emeritus Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise, the annual Reiberg Reading series brings nationally and regionally known writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work.

Other spring Reiberg events include:

  • 15th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration, March 12; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. performers, University Library Lilly Auditorium. This event features poetry, music, and visual art to honor the creativity of women around the world.
  • Bonderman Workshop, featuring poet Rochelle Hurt, 4 p.m. March 25, location to be announced. Hurt, winner of the 2013 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review, recently published a novel in poems, “The Rusted City.”

For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu or 317-274-8929.

Former IUPUI student Josh Green, poet Orlando Menes highlight 2013 Reiberg Reading Series

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Josh Green, a former IUPUI English M.A. student and author of the new short story collection Dirtyville Rhapsodie, will kick off the Fall 2013 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series when he returns to campus for a free reading on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm in the University Library Lilly Auditorium.

Dirtyville Rhaposodies, published this past spring by Dionysus Books, has garnered considerable praise since its release. Paste Magazine wrote “Josh Green reports from the literary homeland with a lion’s heart and a steady hand” while Men’s Health Magazine named the book on of the “Best Books for the Beach.”

The 18 stories in the collection focus on dark and comic troubles of everyday people. Green drew from his experience as a freelance journalist and crime beat reporter, and also his experiences living in Indiana’s Decatur County.

“We’re excited to have Josh Green back on campus not only because his book is getting such positive reviews but to show our students what someone can do with the time they spent in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,” says Terry Kirts, senior lecturer in English and director of the Reiberg Reading Series. “Josh has made a successful career by writing in a variety of genres for various media, which is a great example for all students of writing at IUPUI.”

Rounding out the fall series is poet Orlando Ricardo Menes, director of the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame, on Thursday, Oct.17 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Library Lilly Auditorium. He is the author of three books of poetry, including the recently released collection Fetish, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, the Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Spoon River Poetry Review. He is also the editor of two anthologies including The Opening Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008. Menes will also judge the 2013 IUPUI Poetry Contest.

Founded in 1997 in honor of former Department of English chair Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise, the series annually brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work. Past visiting writers have included Jane Smiley, Helen Prejean, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Hampl, Richard Jones, Edward Hirsch, Alison Bechdel, and Martin Espada.

IUPUI’s University Library is located at 755 W. Michigan St. Visitor parking is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at 317 274-8929 or join the Series’ Facebook group.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series is sponsored by the Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg family, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, University College, and the University Library.