Reading Series

The Big Smoke book cover, adrianmatejka.com

Update: This reading was rescheduled to April 2, due to winter weather in February. This conversation was re-broadcast on Sounds Good, April 1.

In 2013, Penguin Books published Adrian Matejka's book about the flamboyant boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world who held the title from 19088 to 1915. The book received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recognizing its important contribution to the understanding of racism and human diversity. Writing for Boston.com of The Boston Globe, John Freeman says that Matejka's voice is that of the boxer: "The gold-toothed, Shakespeare-loving, womanizing child of ex-slaves talks jive, taunts opponents, and muses philosophical about the American condition: 'When I clinch a man/it's like being swaddled in forgiveness.'" Kate Lochte visited with Matejka about The Big Smoke ahead of his reading Thursday night at Murray State.

'Spit' Poet Lee Reads at Murray State MFA Series

Jul 16, 2014
Courtesy of Esther Lee

Two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Esther Lee, is the author of the poetry collection Spit, which received the 2010 Elixir Press Poetry Prize. Having won many other literary awards, Lee is also Kundiman fellow. Kundiman is a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. lee' son faculty at Agness Scott College in Atlanta and reads her poetry tomorrow night (July 17) at 7:30 in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Kate speaks with Dr. Lee on Sounds Good.

tonydsouza.com, cropped

Former U.S. Peace Corps rural AIDS educator, Tony D'Souza is tonight's presenter for the Murray State MFA Residency Reading Series that's open to all at 7:30 in Clara Eagle Gallery.  His fictional works, like Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight grow from non-fictional stimuli, and have won him prestigious literary awards, national publication, and academic fellowships.

vanderbilt.edu

Two decades after his debut collection "Here We Are in Paradise" heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, his latest work coming out in August re-affirms his story-telling prowess. We meet Mr. Earley on Sounds Good today, in advance of his 7:30 p.m. Sunday presentation for the Murray State MFA Reading Series.

Acclaimed Poet Alan Shapiro Reads at Murray State

Apr 1, 2014

Highly lauded poet, Boston native, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Alan Shapiro reads from his latest book at Murray State this Thursday (April 3) in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Shapiro has won numerous awards for his work including two from the National Arts Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation. On Sounds Good, Shapiro reads from his work and talks about how he became a poet after his high school basketball career ended.