SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s Writers-on-the-Shore spring literary series culminates with readings by poets William Hathaway on Tuesday, April 13, and Ray Gonzalez on Tuesday, April 20, both at 8 p.m.
Hathaway reads in the Montgomery Room of the Commons. He is the author of eight books of poetry and has had hundreds of poems published in anthologies and journals. He is also the author of essays and short stories that have appeared in magazines and other publications including The Gettysburg Review and The Hudson Review.
He taught English and creative writing for 30 years at Cornell University, Louisiana State University, Union College, Skidmore College and Wichita State University, among others. He now lives in Maine and continues writing about nature and social philosophy.
“When I finish reading poems by Hathaway I feel smarter than I was before … Hathaway has a rare intelligence, and when he writes he uses it—which is even rarer,” said acclaimed writer and poet Hayden Carruth.
Gonzalez reads in the Worcester Room of the Commons. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, including his most recent, Cool Auditor. He is also the author of two books of nonfiction and two books of short stories. His book The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande won the 2003 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and his collection of essays about identity, The Underground Heart, received the 2003 Carr P. Collins/Texas Institute of Letters Award for nonfiction.
He has been featured in the 1999, 2000 and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry. He is also the editor of 12 other poetry anthologies and has served as poetry editor of The Bloomsbury Review for 25 years. He is the founder of the poetry journal LUNA.
Gonzalez currently teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota. His reading is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services.
Sponsored by the English Department and Writers-on-the-Shore, admission to both readings is free and the public is invited. Books by the authors will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.