Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Sean M. Conrey has recently published a collection of poetry titled “A Conversation with the Living” (Finishing Line Press) that has received exceptional reviews.
Donald Platt, author of “My Father Says Grace: Poems and Dirt Angels,” writes that Conrey’s poems “are full of conversations that challenge the poet, that ask him and us to become larger, to think and feel in new ways. Conrey gives us poems that trouble, haunt, and even terrify us, but he also gives us this silence, the quiet in which we hear our lives unfolding. This is verse that converses with each of us and is equally conversant with suffering, salvation, and the beauty that grows out of those roadside weeds, flowers, and will not be cut down.”
“Conrey’s voice is masculine, smart, sometimes disappointed and lonely, but always honest,” writes Henry Hughes, author of “Men Holding Eggs and Moist Meridian.” “There are no verbal tricks or games in this writing. He is telling us something.”
With a BA from Western Michigan University and an MFA and Ph.D. from Purdue University, Conrey, who joined the HWS faculty in 2008, has taught at Jackson Community College, Purdue University and Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. He has served as editor of the Sycamore Review and managing editor of Words on the Go. In addition to “Conversation,” he is the author of “Coming to Terms with Place: Toward a Topographic Technique of Language Use” (VDM Publishing) and has published poetry in journals such as American Letters and Commentary and Midwest Quarterly.
And with this newest book of poetry, as Phillip Crymble, author of “Wide Boy,” states, “Conrey delivers a tender and powerful meditation themed throughout around notions of legacy, reconciliation, human connection, and what we take to heart. At once prayerful and hard-boiled, the poems in this sterling debut collection announce themselves with humility, remind us of the transformative possibilities of language, and signal the arrival of a poet of intelligence, substance, and genuine promise.”