The Centre College English program will sponsor a free public poetry reading by noted poet Andrew Hudgins, Humanities Distinguished Professor in English at Ohio State University.
Known for his work in narrative verse, Hudgins has been praised for his "great story telling gift" and "hard-driving, truth-telling lyrics." Hudgins' poems often draw on events from his childhood in the rural South, and he has written about the real and imagined lives of others.
Hudgins' diverse characters include a prankster who disassembles a Cadillac and rebuilds it in his attic, parents coming to blows over money, a lake singing to a sleepless child, and Russian soldiers on the verge of execution.
Mark Lucas, Jobson Professor of English at Centre, says, "We're very excited to have Andrew Hudgins on campus for this reading. He has been an original voice in American poetry ever since his very first book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In verse of great formal control, his poems tell unforgettable, often hair-raising stories."