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Poetry Under the Stars

  • January 27th, 2009 By: UM-Flint News

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When you think of a Planetarium, the study of the solar system or perhaps a laser show is something that may come to mind. However, in the coming months, the dome at Flint’s Longway Planetarium will have a new use. Poetry with a love theme will be presented as part of the new “Poetry Under the Stars” series. Other presentations will cover rebirth, new beginnings, and faith. The presentations will have a multi-cultural flavor, one with Arabic and French to Polish and Spanish.

When you think of a Planetarium, the study of the solar system or perhaps a laser show is something that may come to mind. However, in the coming months, the dome at Flint’s Longway Planetarium will have a new use. Poetry with a love theme will be presented as part of the new “Poetry Under the Stars” series. Other presentations will cover rebirth, new beginnings, and faith. The presentations will have a multi-cultural flavor, one with Arabic and French to Polish and Spanish.

April 21st Theme: Faith

Joseph Tyler: Spanish

Joseph Tyler was born in Mexico and grew up in San

Diego, California. His poetry has appeared in

newspapers in Mexico and Argentina, and in journals

such as Discurso Literario and Maiz: Xicano Notebooks.

His work also has been featured in anthologies here and

abroad. Joseph Tyler received his doctorate at the

University of California, San Diego (La Jolla,

California). He has taught at universities in California

and is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of

West Georgia. During the summer of 1986 at Allegheny

College a Symposium was held On/With Jorge Luis

Borges. Dr. Tyler read translations of poems and stories

by Borges on which the author made comments. He is

currently teaching Spanish at the University of

Michigan-Flint.

Jane Gentry Vance: English

Jane Gentry Vance (published as Jane Gentry) was

appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to serve as

Kentucky Poet Laureate for the 2007-2008 term. As

Poet Laureate, Vance promoted the arts and lead the

state in literary endeavors. Central Kentucky has deeply

influenced her writing, and she has a distinguished

career blending her work as a poet and as an educator.

Vance is the author of Portrait of the Artist as a White

Pig, A Year in Kentucky: A Garland of Poems, and A

Garden in Kentucky. Among the many awards Vance

has received are: Finalist for the Heartland Review

Poetry Prize; a Virginia Center for Creative Arts

Fellowship; a Yaddo Fellowship and a Voices and Visions

grant from the National Endowment for the

Humanities and the American Library Association.

At each session: 6:30-7 pm Meet the Poets 7-8:30 pm Readings

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