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Poet, essayist Longhorn to read from her works

Poet and essayist Sandra Longhorn (photo by Kimberly Kwee)
Poet and essayist Sandra Longhorn will read from her works on March 20 at Monmouth College.

Free and open to the public, the reading will be at 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Mellinger Teaching and Learning Center.

Longhorn, who directs and teaches in the University of Central Arkansas master of fine arts program, is the author of The Alchemy of My Mortal Form (Trio House), The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths (Jacar Press) and Blood Almanac (Anhinga Press). She also directs Central Arkansas’ C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference.

“As a native Midwesterner, Sandy draws much of her inspiration from the very place we all inhabit,” said Assistant Professor of English David Wright. “I love it when a writer can help us see our own place with new eyes.”

While on campus, Longhorn will also talk with beginning student writers about revision and with more advanced students about possibilities for their writing and study after leaving Monmouth.

“As an instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate level, she brings a wealth of perspective that will be great for us to hear,” said Wright, who noted the author is a longtime friend of Monmouth faculty members Bob and Michelle Holschuh Simmons, who helped arrange her visit.

Part of a spring series of visiting poets and authors, Longhorn’s visit is sponsored by Monmouth’s English department.