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Utah poet laureate Lee to read at Wofford Feb. 17

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Utah University professor and Utah’s first and current poet laureate, David Lee, will give a poetry reading at Wofford College on Thursday, Feb. 17, as part of the college’s Writers Series program.

A “Meet the Author” session will be held at 4 p.m. in Shipp Hall Lounge. A reading will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater in the Franklin W. Olin Building.

All events are free and open to the public.

Know as Utah’s “Pig Poet,” for his many poems of rural live, particularly about pig farming, Lee was named the state’s first poet laureate in 1997; he continues to hold the title.

A native of Lubbock, Tex., Lee has built a national reputation for his poetry, publishing more than seven books. His collections include “The Porcine Canticles,” “Covenants,” and “My Town,” which received the 1995 Western States Book Award for Poetry, the 1996 Mountain and Plains States Booksellers’ Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award.

A former seminary candidate, semi-pro baseball player (the first white player to play in the Negro League minor league), and hog farmer, Lee is head of the Languages and Literature Department at Southern Utah University.

His latest book, from Copper Canyon Press, is “So Quietly the Earth.”