Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 26, 2008

Poet Christopher Howell to Present Endowed English Reading April 11 at Whitworth University

Award-winning poet Christopher Howell is Whitworth's Endowed English Reader for 2008. Howell will read from his works on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. A book sale and reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Howell is director of the Eastern Washington University Press and is on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Crime of Luck, Just Waking, and Sea Change. His eighth collection of poems, Light's Ladder, won the Washington State Book Award in 2005.

"The book is about states of being, both biographical and speculative," Howell writes in the book notes for Light's Ladder. "What is it like to be alive in this time? To what extent do memory, imagination, and grief color (or dictate) this experience? My hope is that in the year 2350 someone opening this book will find here a familiar and authentic voice speaking of things that still matter."

Howell's poems, essays, and translations have appeared in anthologies and journals including Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Crazy Horse, Denver Quarterly, Field, Gettysburg Review, Harper's, Hudson Review, Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Southern Review and Volt. He is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other awards.

The English Readings Endowment was established to bring nationally recognized writers to the Whitworth campus and the greater Spokane area. During their time on campus and in the community, visiting writers offer classroom visits, workshops, meetings with students and faculty, and literary readings.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of more than 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Doug Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4212 or dsugano@whitworth.edu.

Lisa Sem-Rodrigues, program assistant, English department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3253 or lrodrigues@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 orjriddle@whitworth.edu.

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