Award-winning poet Ken Hada will kick off Cameron University’s Visiting Writer’s Series, presented by the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages, on Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m. The presentation, which is open to the public at no charge, takes place in the Buddy Green Room in the McMahon Centennial Complex.
Hada, poet and professor at East Central University, finds the natural order a powerful presence for writing. Much of his poetry is formed on his back deck in rural Pottawatomie County. The author of eight collections of poetry, Hada received the 2017 South Central Modern Language Association Prize for poetry as well as the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
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 the ebook “Contour Feathers,” “Sunlight & Cedar,” “Not Quite Pilgrims,” “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 and is an active reader of his work at venues around the country.