Poet Li-Young Lee to conduct poetry reading for the public

For Immediate Release
Jan. 30, 2001

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Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations

Li-Young LeeNoted poet Li-Young Lee will be on campus at Abilene Christian University Thursday, Feb. 15, to conduct a poetry reading with commentary at 8 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The reading is free, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. A reception and book signing will follow.

Lee is well known and much in demand to give readings around the country.

Following his appearance at ACU, Lee will travel to Wichita, Kan., where he will be the featured poet at the Fifth Annual Literary Arts Festival hosted by The Milton Center. Next March he will be the featured poet at the Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature sponsored by the University of Illinois-Chicago and Wheaton College.

Lee's first book of poetry, Rose, was the winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. His second book of verse, The City in Which I Love You, was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection of The American Academy of Poets. He won a Lannan Foundation Literary Award in 1995.

He was one of the poets profiled in Bill Moyers highly influential documentary "The Language of Life" which aired on PBS. The program featured outstanding poets (many of them relatively unknown at the time) reading and being interviewed at the 1994 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Waterloo, N.J. 

"Thousands of people saw this show which made the case in a powerful way that poetry is alive and relevant in today's America," said Al Haley, writer-in-residence and assistant professor of English at ACU. "As a result of Moyers' efforts, many viewers became converts to poetry or fans of a particular poet they saw reading in the documentary."

Lee's 1995 memoir, The Winged Seed (subtitled A Remembrance), is an attempt to tell the story of Lee's family, including their persecution in Indonesia and subsequent flight to Hong Kong and eventually the U.S. The book takes the form of an extended, unedited prose poem. Over the course of the story, Lee's father, a magnetic gospel preacher, emerges as a fascinating person, a man of both enormous gifts and flaws.

The public reading and the opportunity for Lee to visit with English faculty and their classes has been made possible by the John H. Knox Writers Series and these ACU entities: Office of the Provost, Office for Student Multicultural Enrichment, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and The Center for Christian Writing.


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