Cameron University Visiting Writer’s Series continues with poet Francesca Abbate

The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages continues its Visiting Writer’s Series by welcoming poet Francesca Abbate on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Abbate will read selections from her work in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge. The event is made possible through the Helen C. Schutz Endowed Lectureship in English.

photo of Francesca Abbate

The poetry of Francesca Abbate has appeared in numerous publications and literary journals, including Elm, Field, The Iowa Review,The Journal, Poetry, and NEO. She is a recipient of the William Harrold Memorial Award, presented by the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is a former poetry editor for the Cream City Review.

In a review of her first book, "Troy, Unincorporated", Abbate's poems were cited as “consistent in quality as they are in varied in pacing, surface and tone.” The volume, published in May 2012, is a poetic retelling of Chaucer's “Troilus and Criseyde” set in southeastern Wisconsin. It was a semifinalist for the 2010 Walt Whitman Award and a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro Prize.

An assistant professor of English at Beloit College, her alma mater, Abbate teaches courses in creative writing, poetry, writing from art, and college writing. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Beloit, she completed a master of fine arts in poetry at the University of Montana and completed her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

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January 28, 2014

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