Mark Twain Award-winning poet to give free public reading, workshop at Lynn

Tony Hoagland will read from his work and lead a public workshop with local writers on April 16

Published Mar. 19, 2009

Mark Twain Award-winning poet Tony Hoagland is coming to Lynn’s campus for two days (April 15-16) as the College of Arts and Science’s English department’s scholar in residence. Hoagland, who is a professor at the University of Houston and Warren Wilson College, will give a free public reading on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m., in the de Hoernle Lecture Hall in the Louis and Anne Green Center on campus. Also on April 16, from 10 a.m. - noon, Hoagland will discuss his craft and lead an open workshop session with writers from the Lynn campus and surrounding community. Both sessions are free and open to the public. The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Hoagland, who is best known for his works including “Sweet Ruin,” “Donkey Gospel” and “What Narcissism Means to Me,” has received numerous awards including the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, the James Laughlin Award and the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. In 2005, he received the Poetry Foundation’s 2005 Mark Twain Award in recognition “of his contribution to humor in American poetry.” In an interview with, Hoagland called this period in American poetry “an era of enormous wit and verbal linguistic play, and a lot of different kinds of rhetorical play that we haven't seen in a long time.” Listen to his complete interview online. Get a taste of Hoagland’s humor and watch him read his poem, “Romantic Moment,” live at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival online.

Seats for the workshop and reading will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Hoagland and his visit to Lynn, or to make reservations for the workshop, contact David Fleisher, an assistant professor of English in Lynn’s College of Arts and Sciences, directly at or 561-237-7212 (o).