Shreveport poets to read works, conduct book signing at GTM

Jan 20, 2015 | Liberal Arts

Award-winning Shreveport poets Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird will visit Louisiana Tech University January 29 to discuss and read their poetry and hold a book signing.
The two poets will speak from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in George T. Madison Hall Auditorium, Room 105. The readings are free to attend and open to the public.
Ashley Mace Havird’s book of poems, “The Garden of the Fugitives” won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize. Her chapbook, “Dirt Eaters,” won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Series Prize; and a second chapbook, “Sleeping with Animals,” was published by Yellow Flag Press of Lafayette. Her poems and short stories have appeared in many journals including “Shenandoah,” “Southern Poetry Review,” “The Southern Review” and “The Virginia Quarterly Review,” as well as in anthologies such as “The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana” and “Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry.”
In 2002, Ashley Mace Havird was awarded a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. She teaches at the Renzi Education and Art Center in Shreveport.
David Havird is the author of two collections: “Map Home” and “Penelope’s Design,” which won the 2009 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. He broke into print with a poem in “The New Yorker” in 1975. Since then, his poems have appeared in many journals, including “Agni,” “Poetry,” “Sewanee Review” and “Yale Review;” online at “Poetry Daily,” and in anthologies, including “The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana” and “Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry.”
David Havird studied at the University of South Carolina under the poet and novelist James Dickey, about whom he has published several articles, including an essay memoir, “In and Out of Class with James Dickey,” in the “Virginia Quarterly Review,” and at the University of Virginia. Since 1988, he has taught as a professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana.
The reading and book signing events are sponsored by the Louisiana Tech University Department of English with support from the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English.
Written by Judith Roberts –