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Poet and Author Benjamin Myers Guest Reading on March 18

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

His latest collection of poetry transports you back to one of the darkest times in 20th century American history … when desperation and despair reigned, but hope lingered, too. In fact, noted American poet Andrew Hudgins wrote that Benjamin Myers’ latest work “is history come alive.”

On Wednesday, March 18, Myers will bring that dark time to life and read verses from his collection, “Black Sunday: The Dust Bowl” (Lamar University Press, 2018) during a guest poetry reading at Del Mar College (DMC). The former Oklahoma Poet Laureate will also share other poems from his body of work.

Sponsored by the College’s Department of English and Philosophy and the DMC Libraries, the FREE reading begins at 2 p.m. in Room 514 of the White Library, which is located on the East Campus at Naples off Kosar at Staples. Myers also will serve as the featured reader during a free Open Mic session scheduled at 7 p.m. in the same location that evening. Both readings are open to the public.

For more information about either activity, contact Alan Berecka at 698-1933 or aberecka@delmar.edu.

“Black Sunday” features a series of sonnets that follow four characters through their experiences during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, one of the most trying times in our nation’s history. Myers’ long, dramatic poem, “Faith Healer,” provides a glimpse into a child’s view; and his accessible, crafted and wholly moving poems remind readers of the importance and power of love during the darkest times.

Myers’ poems have appeared in The Yale ReviewImageMeasure and many other journals. His essays and reviews may be read in First ThingsBooks and CultureWorld Literature TodayOklahoma Today and The Imaginative Conservative as well as in various scholarly journals. He is a frequent lecturer at conferences and literary festivals around the country.

Other published books in Myers’ repertoire include Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010).

He earned his masters and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Ozarks. Currently, Myers teaches at Oklahoma Baptist University and serves as the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature.


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