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Poet to visit WIU Creative Writers Society

March 22, 2002

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's Creative Writers Society will host poet and professor Tanure Ojaide Monday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 27. The highlight of his visit will be a lecture, "Publishing in a Global World," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the University Union Fox Room.

A dessert/welcome reception for Ojaide will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25 in Simpkins Hall 25. All faculty, students and members of sponsoring organizations are invited to attend and encouraged to bring a dessert or small food item to share.

Ojaide will serve as the Faculty Development lecturer presenting "Culture, Society and Politics in Modern African Literature" to faculty at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in Stipes Hall 501. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be a discussion session with the African Students Association at the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center. All events are open free to the public.

A book signing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Sullivan Taylor Coffeehouse in Macomb in cooperation with Copperfield bookstore followed by a public poetry reading. The public is invited to bring their own poetry to recite.

Ojaide is a professor of African-American and African studies at the University of North Carolina. He has published 12 collections of poetry, a memoir and two books of literary criticism. His next work, "In the Kingdom of Songs: A Trilogy" will be published April 2002. Ojaide has received several awards for his poetry and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

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