Visiting Writer’s Series continues with award-winning poet Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages continues its Visiting Writer’s Series by welcoming Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish to campus on Friday, Nov.4. Dr. Mish will read poetry from her books at the Cameron Exchange at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge. Copies of her book “Work Is Love Made Visible” as well as “Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me,” an anthology of Oklahoma writers that Dr. Mish edited, will be available at the Cameron University bookstore.

“Often we are not aware of local writers and their works,” says Dr. Bayard Godsave, Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages and coordinator of the series. “The Visiting Writer’s Series provides several opportunities to see how writers produce their work. We are privileged to welcome Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish for the next session.”

A poet, writer and literary scholar, Dr. Mish‘s first book, “Tongue Tied Woman,” won the Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women. Her second poetry collection, “Work Is Love Made Visible,” was honored with  the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the 2010 Western Heritage Award for Poetry and the 2010 WILLA Award for Poetry from Women Writing the West.

Dr. Mish, a member of the faculty of the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program at Oklahoma City University, has been awarded a scholarship for a 2012 Vermont Studio Center residency and was previously Poet-Scholar in Residence with World Literature Today. She is also the editor of Mongrel Empire Press.

The Visiting Writer’s will conclude in the spring with Phong Nguyen, editor of the national literary journal, “Pleiades.” The purpose of the Visiting Writer’s Series is to bring writers from the region to the Cameron campus.


October 24, 2011

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