For release: , 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Poet James Brasfield, a visiting assistant professor in the University of Memphis’
Department of English, will read from his work and sign books March 31 at 7 p.m. at
the Galloway Mansion, 1822 Overton Park Avenue. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the
Brasfield will give an interview April 1 at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456,
on the U of M campus.
Both events of the River City Writers Series are free and open to the public.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Brasfield is the author of Inheritance and Other Poems and the forthcoming Ledger of Crossroads. His poems have appeared in many publications, including Agni, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, New Orleans Review,
The Seattle Review, and The Southern Review. He has received fellowships in poetry from The National Endowment for the Arts
and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Twice a senior Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, Brasfield received The PEN Award for Poetry
in Translation and The American Association for Ukrainian Studies Prize for Translation
for The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha. Brasfield is a visiting poet at the U of M for 2008-09; he is a member of the faculty
at Penn State University.
The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of English, the Creative
Writing Club, Sigma Tau Delta, the Student Activities Council, Academic Enrichment
Funds, Public Service Funds, the Hohenberg Foundation, Deborah Talbot, and Friends
of the University Libraries.
For more information, call 901-678-4692.