WILKES-BARRE, PA -- Tim Seibles, whose collection of poems, Fast Animal, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, will host a poetry workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in Kirby Hall Salon on the Wilkes University Campus. The workshop is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program.
Fast Animal was published by nonprofit Etruscan Press, which is housed in the graduate Creative Writing Department at Wilkes University, 245 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. One of America’s foremost African-American poets, Seibles has authored six previous books of poetry. Fast Animal threads the journey from youthful innocence to the whittled-hard awareness of adulthood. Along the way it immerses the reader in palpable moments—the importance of remembering, the burden of race and the meaning of true wakefulness.
During the workshop, Seibles will read several poems from Fast Animal, discuss his creative process, and conduct a writing exercise with attendees. There also will be time for questions, and he will sign books. Those who plan to attend should sign up by email with Etruscan Press at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (570) 408-4546.
Fast Animal is available at a 25 percent discount prior to the event. The book can be purchased between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 through Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Etruscan offices at 245 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, or at any time by e-mailing Etruscan Press managing editor Starr Troup at email@example.com.
An active ambassador for poetry, Seibles presents his work nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, cultural centers, and literary festivals. Born in Philadelphia in 1955, he recently spent a semester as Poet in Residence at Bucknell University, a post awarded annually by the Stadler Center for Poetry. He has received fellowships from both the Provincetown Fine Arts Center and The National Endowment for the Arts. He also won the Open Voice Award from the 63rd Street Y in New York City. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Huizache, Cortland Review and Ploughshares. His poem, “Allison Wolff,” was anthologized in Best American Poetry 2010. He has been a featured author in the Vancouver International Writers Festival in Vancouver, Canada, in the Calabash Festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, and in the Poesia en Voz Alto Festival in Mexico City.
Seibles lives in Norfolk, Va., where he is a member of the English Department and MFA in writing faculty of Old Dominion University. He is a teaching board member of the Muse Writers Workshop. He also teaches part-time for the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program, a low-residency program which features writers from all over the country.
Etruscan Press was founded in 2001 with initial funding from the Oristaglio Foundation. The press publishes five to six literary works each year in the genres of poetry, creative nonfiction, essay, translation, and fiction. To date, 40 titles have been published, twenty-nine of them carrying the Wilkes University logo.
Since its inception, three Etruscan Press publications have been finalists for the National Book Award. The National Book Awards are given to one book in each of four categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature. Fast Animal was among the top five finalists considered for the award in the poetry category.
Etruscan’s executive editor and founder Philip Brady is a member of Wilkes University’s creative writing program’s faculty as is Robert Mooney, co-founder and fiction editor of Etruscan. Managing Editor Starr Troup is an alumna of Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program.
More than 25 graduate students have worked for Etruscan during their MFA internship through Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, gaining experience in social media, website development, design and editing, marketing, community outreach, and grant and promotional writing. Several have continued to work for the press as consultants after graduation.
For more information about Tim Seibles, Etruscan Press or Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program, visit the Etruscan Press website at www.etruscanpress.org or the Wilkes University website at www.wilkes.edu.
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