Poet with Alabama roots to read from new collection at AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – Joseph Harrison III, a poet with Alabama roots, will give a reading from his newly published collection, “Identify Theft,” on Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m., at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum.

Harrison was born in Richmond, Va., in 1957 and grew up in northern Virginia and Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1979 and his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins in 1986. His poems have appeared in journals including The Antioch Review, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review and The Yale Review and in The Best American Poetry 1998. His book “Someone Else’s Name” was published by Waywiser in the United Kingdom in 2003 and was named one of five poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. He was a runner-up for the 2005 Poet’s Prize, awarded annually for the best book of verse published by an American in the previous calendar year. Also in 2005 he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Harrison lives in Baltimore.

Harrison’s reading is cosponsored by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts. The Auburn University Bookstore will have copies of “Identify Theft” available for purchase and signing.

A wine tasting cosponsored by the Jule Collins Smith Museum and Kroger will follow the reading and musician Dan Mackowski will perform.

For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum, call (334) 844-1484 or go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php.

Contact:  Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (wilsom3@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)