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Prize-winning poet Wilkinson to read March 29 at Lamar

Caki Wilkinson, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, will read from her work Thursday, March 29, at Lamar University.

            The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum lecture hall, sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages, the estate of Eleanor Perlstein Weinbaum and Pulse, Lamar’s student literary magazine. The reading is open to the public without charge.

            Wilkinson is a graduate of Rhodes College and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Program, later earning a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is creative writing programs manager for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference at Sewanee: The University of the South, where she is a visiting instructor of English.

            The University of North Texas Press honored Wilkinson’s  collection, “Circles Where the Head Should Be,” with the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, named after the acclaimed Houston-born poet (1924-1998). As part of the prize, the volume was published in 2011.

            In addition, Wilkinson earned a 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and a $15,000 prize from The Poetry Foundation and also took top honors in The Atlantic magazine’s 2008 Student Writing Contest for poetry.         

            Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Yale Review, Southwest Review, online at Poetry Daily and elsewhere.

            Copies of  “Circles Where the Head Should Be,” will be available for sale and signing after the reading.  The book is priced at $12.95.

            Additional information about the reading is available from R.S. “Sam” Gwynn, professor of English, at (409) 880-8575.