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Creative Writing's Rilke award winner to read poems April 9

Paisley RekdalPaisley Rekdal, winner of the $10,000 UNT Rilke Prize sponsored by the Department of English Creative Writing Program, will read selections from "Animal Eye," the poetry collection for which she received the prize.

Rekdal’s free poetry reading will begin at 8 p.m. April 9 in the University Union, Golden Eagle Suite. Rekdal’s visit is part of the Visiting Writers Series.

She also will host a question-and-answer session with students at 4 p.m. in Language Building, Room 316.  

Rekdal is the second winner of the UNT Rilke Prize, which recognizes a book of poetry published during the previous year that “demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet.”

The Creative Writing faculty named the prize for the early 20th-century German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who is best known for his ”Duino Elegies,” written from 1912 to 1922.

 Rekdal's book was voted one of the five best poetry collections for 2012 by Publishers Weekly.

The judges for the UNT Rilke Prize are Corey Marks, professor of English and Bruce Bond, Regents Professor of English. Both received awards for teaching and schoarship at the 2012 Salute to Faculty Excellence ceremony.  

The UNT Rilke Prize is awarded each year, with the winner presenting a reading that concludes the Visiting Writers Series for the spring semester. The winner also makes at least one public appearance in the Dallas-Fort Worth area outside of Denton.

Rekdal will read from "Animal Eye" at a reception April 10 at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

Rekdal also will be the final judge for the Voertman Academy of American Poets Prize, which is endowed by Denton businessman Paul Voertman and awarded to a current creative writing graduate student in the Department of English. Rekdal will recognize the winner during her reading on April 9 and present the $200 prize.

Rekdal, associate professor of English at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, also has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award and Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea.

 -Olmar Vanegas, Student Assistant, News Promotions

Posted on: Wed 03 April 2013

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