Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

Mark Twain poet to read works


The Andover Townsman

---- — An American poet acclaimed for his writing and sense of humor will give a free reading of his work in Andover on Friday, April 12.

Tony Hoagland will read his poetry on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m., in Phillips Academy’s Kemper Auditorium, on 5 Chapel Ave. in Andover. This event is free and open to the public.

Winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2005 Mark Twain Award, given in recognition of a poet’s contribution to humor in American poetry, Hoagland also received the 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded by Poets & Writers. The magazine described Hoagland as “a poet of risk: he risks wild laughter in poems that are totally heartfelt, poems you want to read out loud…”

Hoagland is a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston and this year’s Isham Fellow. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, “Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty,” “Sweet Ruin,” “Donkey Gospel,” and “What Narcissism Means to Me.” He also has authored a collection of essays about poetry entitled “Real Sofistikashun.”

This event is sponsored by Phillips Academy’s Department of English and the Sandra Isham Vreeland Fund.