The School of Letters lecture series continues with a poetry reading from faculty member Tiana Clark at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, in Gailor Auditorium. A reception will follow.
Tiana is the author of the poetry collection “I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-18 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. Most recently, she was awarded a 2019 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.