Patricia-KirkpatrickWinona State University will host poet Patricia Kirkpatrick as part of the Great River Reading Series at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Stark Hall 103.

Kirkpatrick’s latest book,  Odessa, received the inaugural Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize, which champions Midwestern poets, and also was awarded the 2013 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In poems described as “emotionally charged but void of sentimentality,” Kirkpatrick “creates from loss a dreamlike reality” where the Minnesota town of Odessa “resembles simultaneously the Midwestern prairie and a mythical god-inhabited city. In lines bearing shades of Classical heroism, Kirkpatrick delivers a personal narrative of stunning dimension.”She will also speak to James Armstrong’s Advanced Poetry class from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Minne 105.

Kirkpatrick is the author of Century’s Road, poetry chapbooks, and books for young readers. Her work appears widely in journals, among them Prairie Schooner, Poetry, and Agni Online, and in anthologies, including Robert Bly in This World and She Walks in Beauty.

All class sessions and readings are free and open to the public.

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