The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages will present a poetry reading by Cameron alumni Jason Poudrier on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. The reading, which takes place in the Cameron Exchange on the east side of the Cameron campus, is open to the public at no charge. Poudrier will read selections from his new book of poems, “Red Fields: Poems from Iraq.”
An Oregon native who now resides near Rush Springs, Poudrier earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing in 2008 and a master’s degree in Education in 2010. “Red Fields,” published earlier this year, is his second collection of poetry. He published a chapbook, “In the Rubble at Our Feet,” in 2011.
He has been invited to read for repeat performances at the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival and at Oklahoma LaborFest. An earlier version of “Red Fields” was a semi-finalist in the Blue Lynx Prize competition. His poem “High Stakes” was awarded Cameron University’s John G. Morris Poetry Prize in 2008, and a version of “High Stakes” was recognized as first place by the national Eyes of Babylon poetry contest.
Poudrier enrolled at Cameron in 2005 following a stint with the U.S. Army, during which he was wounded in action during his deployment in Iraq. After achieving the rank of sergeant, he eventually received a medical discharge due to the injuries he suffered overseas. Poudrier teaches English at Lawton High School, where he also coaches cross country and track.
April 12, 2012