Gannon University Hosts 38th Annual English Awards Night

Patricia SmithPosted: April 22, 2015

Gannon University on Thursday, April 23 will host its 38th annual English Awards Night. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom of Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. 7th St. Patricia Smith will be the featured poet and will read a selection of her work.

Smith, a four-time individual champion on the National Poetry Slam, was a featured poet on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" and has performed her work around the world. She is the author of six poetry volumes, including "Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah," winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; "Blood Dazzler," a National Book Award finalist and "Teahouse of the Almighty," a National Poetry Series winner.

She is a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada MFA program and the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. In 2006, Smith was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Smith will conduct a seminar at 3 p.m. in the Palumbo Academic Center, Room 3205, 824 Peach St. The public is invited to attend.

Also during English Awards Night, the winners of Gannon's High School Poetry Contests will be honored as will Gannon University students who won contests for journalism, poetry and research writing.

For more information, contact the Gannon English department at 814-871-7504.