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Poetry Reading Party

Join the Colleges for a Poetry Reading Party with Assistant Professor of English Caroline Manring and local poet Melina Draper on Wednesday, March 12. Sponsored by the English Department and Writers Reading, the event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Blackwell Room.

Manring’s first collection of poems, “Manual for Extinction,” won the National Poetry Review Book Prize for 2012. Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Colorado Review, Conduit, H_NGM_N, Sixth Finch, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, “No Postman,” was published by Split Oak Press in 2010. In addition to teaching and writing, Manring leads bird walks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and plays fiddle in a family band.

A member of the HWS faculty since 2010, Manring teaches “Creative Writing,”
“Environmental Literature” and “The Avian Persuasion,” a first-year seminar course that explores the field of birding. The subject matter of her poetry is integrally tied to her scholarly pursuits, often incorporating issues about the environment into the curriculum of her classes.

She says her poetry is part of a continued and personal lifelong process.

“My poetry tends to explore the natural world and how we fit into it,” says Manring of her recent work. “There are some pretty strange ways in which we interact with the environment and what we do to it. It takes time to understand those experiences.”

Growing up in the Finger Lakes Region, Manring says the time she’s spent locally in nature has helped to inform who she is as a professor, writer and poet.

“My baseline is definitely the Finger Lakes and no matter where I go, I take that with me,” she says.

Draper is a Geneva resident whose book, “Later the House Stood Empty” is available through Red Hen Press. Her poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Borderlands: Texas Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, Salamander, and other journals. “Place of Origin” was her first book.

Draper has worked as an educator for more than a decade, having taught writing at the University of New Hampshire and Northern Essex Community College. She also worked as a curriculum developer for the education outreach office at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She currently works as the outreach coordinator for Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program and as an editor and writer for the University of Alaska K-12 Outreach Office.

The poetry reading is free and open to the public, and will include refreshments and books.

In the photo above, Assistant Professor of English Caroline Manring teaches class.