Award-winning author to read poems about gay liberation

Bradford TIce
Bradford TIce

Award-winning poet and author, Bradford Tice, will read from several of his pieces on identity and difference Oct. 8 at William Woods University. The event, sponsored by the multicultural affairs office, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Tice is the author of two books of poetry, “Rare Earth” and “What the Night Numbered.” According to Tice, the poems in “Rare Earth” exorcise the traumas of growing up gay and having to come out in the backdrop of the Bible Belt and the American South.


“Rare Earth” was the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project and was a 2014 Debut-litzer finalist. The Many Voices Project is a distinguished annualcompetition to find new and emerging writers.

“What the Night Numbered,” which tells stories of gay liberation, won the 2014 Trio Award, presented for a first or second book from an emerging poet.

Tice’s poetry and fiction have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, The American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Crab Orchard Review, as well as in Best American Short Stories 2008. He is also the winner of Prairie Schooner’s 2009 Edward Stanley Award for poetry.

In addition to being an author of poetry and fiction, Tice is an assistant professor of English and creative writing and gender studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.