An Evening With the Muse
Sunday, February 8, 2015 7 p.m.
Proudly revisits the fabulous world of
(Reading from his poems)
Followed by Refreshments, Book Signings and an Open Mic Reading.
David Shumate holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kansas University and a master of arts in English from Indiana University. He is a professor and teaches a variety of writing skills: composition, creative writing, and special topics literature courses and serves as Marian University’s poet-in-residence. Previously, he has held the positions of director of the Writing Center and director of the Honors Program. On alternating years he participates in Maymester study abroad courses in Greece and Italy focusing on classical, Renaissance, and modern literature and art.
It is the work of a most fertile of imagination that engages us as this poet captivates with images that morph in the blink of an eye. We discover the trivial is not trivial, after all. His images open up like a new rose or fall away like the layers of well cooked Vidalia onion. All of the quotidian dreck is still there but fantastically transmuted. He possesses a magical way of seeing things, saying things that is not part of an ordinary intellectual insight. His writing, like good music, can be heard or read over and over and we still find something new and pleasurable.
David Shumate’s first book of prose poems, High Water Mark (University of Pittsburgh, 2004), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett prize and the 2005 Best Books of Indiana, poetry category. His second volume of prose poems, The Floating Bridge was published by the (University of Pittsburgh, 2008). The title for his new, third book is Kimonos in the Closet (also by University of Pittsburgh). His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and has been anthologized in Good Poems for Hard Times and The Best American Poetry 2007. This year (2014) David has been featured several times on National Public Radio’s Writer's Almanac, hosted and read by Garrison Keillor. This now makes a total of about 16 presentations of his work, he thinks. Check out Writer’s Almanac, Archives on the net if you want to see the words.
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center in the Arts Complex foyer.
IN THE EVENT OF TERRIBLE, LIFE THREATENING WEATHER, THE READING, READING WILL BE POSTPONED.
Any questions: Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048