Michigan poet Andrea Scarpino will visit Piedmont Community College (PCC) classes this month and will also present a lecture and poetry reading at the Kirby Gallery on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

At the Kirby, Scarpino will discuss her debut full-length poetry collection, “Once, Then,” published by Red Hen Press in March and will also talk about the writing process.   Award-winning poet Don Bogen says of Scarpino’s work: “The craft, restraint, and lyric insistence of Andrea Scarpino’s poems give “Once, Then” an Orphic intensity. This book is gorgeous, and necessary.”

In addition to “Once, Then,” Scarpino also is the author of a chapbook, The Grove Behind,” published by Finishing Line Press in 2009. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has published in numerous journals. She also is a weekly contributor to the blog Planet of the Blind.

Scarpino received an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University and teaches in The Union Institute and University’s Cohort Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies where she is the Creative Dissertation Coordinator.

In addition to her public reading, Scarpino will meet with PCC classes on April 15 and 16 to talk about how to read and write a poem and will offer tips about how to get started.

For information about the program, contact Dr. Dawn Reno Langley, PCC Dean, General Education and Developmental Studies, at dawn.langley@piedmontcc.edu or (336) 322-2207.

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