Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Published Poet, Author and Literary Critic Paul Christensen Reads Works, Conducts Creative Writing Workshop April 15

KINGSVILLE - March 31, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

Second invited writer in the Texas A&M University Kingsville Lucille Kruse Reading Series

Award-winning Texas poet and Texas A&M University Professor Dr. Paul Christensen will serve as this year’s reader for the 2nd Lucille Kruse Reading Series.

Christensen’s reading begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 15 in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall, located behind the Health and Recreation Building off Engineering Avenue. This event is free to the public. Christensen will also conduct a writing workshop and reading for creative writing students earlier in the day.

“Dr. Christensen brings to us his vast knowledge of poetry and his own lyrical writing,” said Dr. Susan Roberson, chair of the Department of Language and Literature at A&M-Kingsville and a former student of Christensen. “It is an honor to have someone who is such an important voice in Texas poetry with us.”

A highly decorated poet and published author, Christensen is considered a major critic of contemporary literature. He has won numerous awards for his works including, the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Distinguished Prose award from the Antioch Review, a Best of Short Fiction award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Violet Crown award for Literature from the Writers’ League of Texas. He has also served as a Fullbright senior lecturer to Austria and Norway.

Christensen’s recent books include Hard Country and Strangers in Paradise: A Memoir of Provence. He earned a bachelor’s from William and Mary College in 1967; a master’s from the University of Cincinnati in 1970 and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. Christensen is currently an English professor and Creative Writing Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University, where he teaches the history of poetry, the philosophy of literature, society and the writing arts.

This is the second event in the Lucille Kruse Reading Series, named in honor of language and literature department supporter Lucille Kruse. The series strives to bring notable authors to campus to read their works.

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