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Poetry Reading, Celebration Commemorates Emily Dickinson’s Birthday

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The annual celebration will be held on Dec. 10th with three events: The first will be held at Lone Star College-Montgomery in room G-102 at 11 a.m. It will be a panel discussion with the subject, Emily in Her Own Time, the title of a new forthcoming book from Iowa University Press coedited by Professors Cristanne Miller and Stephanie Farrar (University of Wisconsin). Professor Janet McCann, Texas A&M University and author of Emily’s Dress will join the discussion.

At 3 p.m. professor Cristanne Miller will discuss her forthcoming book, Emily Dickinson’s Complete Poems, Harvard University Press. Miller is SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature in the University at Buffalo SUNY Department of English. She has written extensively on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poetry and on poetry of the American Civil War. Her work on Dickinson includes /Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar/, /Comic Power in Emily Dickinson/ (co-authored with Suzanne Juhasz and Martha Nell Smith), /The Emily Dickinson Handbook/ (co-edited with Grudrun Grabher and Roland Hagenbuchle), and /Reading in Time: Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century/. She is currently preparing a new edition of Dickinson's complete poems for Harvard University Press.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be the annual Gathering of Poets Reading, led by 2011 Texas Poet Laureate Dave Parsons. Distinguished poets Michael Anania, Alan Ainsworth, Sarah Cortez, Carolyn Dahl, Robin Davidson, William V. Davis, Sybil Estess, Dede Fox, John Gorman, Lyman Grant, Kurt Heinzelman, Ken Jones, Kathryn Lane, Janet Lowery, Kevin Prufer, Daniel Rifenburgh, Melissa Studdard, Chuck Taylor, Randy Watson and others will read their favorite Emily Dickinson poems and one of their own.

All the events are free to the public and made possible thought the partnerships Conroe Commission on the Arts & Culture, Lone Star College-Montgomery’s SWIRL Literary & Arts Journal, Greater Conroe Arts Alliance and the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council. For information, contact Cliff Hudder Clifford.w.hudder@lonestar.edu or Dave Parsons 936.524.6537.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

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