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Prose Poet Louis Jenkins to Read at Cayuga CC on Monday, April 21

DATE: 04-16-2008

Monday, April 21, at 11:00 a.m. in the Auburn campus Student Lounge

Prose poet Louis Jenkins will offer a free public reading of his work at Cayuga Community College on Monday, April 21, at 11:00 a.m. in the Auburn campus Student Lounge. Born in Oklahoma and now living in Minnesota, Jenkins has won the praise of fellow Minnesotan Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion): "You have to go through a long winter to get this good." With his "wonderfully funny, serious prose poems," notes renowned poet Michael Van Walleghan, Jenkins is "an unsurpassed master of the form." Robert Bly (Iron John) agrees, calling Jenkins "the contemporary master" of prose poems. Jenkins' work, with its sense of mystery and wandering, has been compared to Robert Frost's. He is the author of several books, including The Winter Road (2000), Just Above Water (1997), Nice Fish: New and Selected Prose Poems (1995), All Tangled Up with the Living (1991) and An Almost Human Gesture (1987). His visit to Cayuga is sponsored by the college's Humanities Division with support from Poets & Writers, Inc., and funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.