Cameron’s University’s Festival X Reading Series, held in conjunction with the university’s current academic festival, “American Identities in the 21st Century,” continues on Saturday, January 20, with featured guest author Ken Hada. Hada will read selections from his award-winning poetry collections at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton, 816 W. Gore Blvd., starting at 6:30 p.m. Following Hada’s reading, there will be an open mic opportunity for others who wish to read their work. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Hada, poet and professor at East Central University, finds the natural order a powerful presence for writing. His work received the 2017 South Central Modern Language Association Prize for poetry. In addition, his poems have been featured on the NPR program, “The Writer’s Almanac,” and his book, “Spare Parts,” received the Wrangler Award from the National Western Heritage Museum. His work has also been recognized as a finalist for the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America as well as the Oklahoma Book Awards.
In addition to “Spare Parts,” Hada’s poetry collections include “Bring an Extry Mule,” “Persimmon Sunday,” “Margaritas & Redfish,” and “The Way of the Wind.” “The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill” is a collaboration with his brother Duane’s plein air watercolors, tracing the White River from its source in northwest Arkansas 700 miles downstream to the Mississippi River.
Hada is the director of the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. An active reader of his work at venues around the country, he also helps to edit the journal “All Roads Will Lead You Home.”
January 12, 2018