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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Readings by 2 Noted Authors at FSU

Frostburg State University’s literary community will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting a reading by poets Todd Davis and Shara McCallum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Davis, author of “Ripe” and “Some Heaven,” and McCallum, author of “Song of Thieves” and “The Water Between Us,” will read from their latest books at the FSU Cook Chapel. The reading is free and open to the public and a reception and book signing will follow.

Davis teaches creative writing, environmental studies and American literature at Penn State University’s Altoona College and is the winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in such journals and magazines as “The North American Review,” “The Christian Science Monitor,” “Orion,” “Indiana Review,” “Iowa Review” and “Arts & Letters,” among many other publications.

In addition to his creative work, Davis is the author or editor of six scholarly books, including “Kurt Vonnegut’s Crusade, or How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism” and “Mapping the Ethical Turn: A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory.”

McCallum, winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, recently completed the manuscript of her third book of poems titled “To Enter this Room.” She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. McCallum’s poems and personal essays have appeared in journals such as “The Antioch Review,” “Callaloo, Creative Nonfiction,” “Green Mountain Review,” “The Iowa Review,” and “Ploughshares.” Over the past decade, her poetry has been featured in more than 20 anthologies of American, African-American, Caribbean and world poetry such as “New Caribbean Poetry,” “Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade” and “The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology.” Originally from Jamaica, McCallum teaches and directs the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University.

The reading is sponsored by the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, the Department of English and the Allegany Arts Council. For more information, contact the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4024 or via e-mail at

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