Meaning of Modern Humanity to be Subject of Poetry Reading

The mythic quest for the meaning of modern humanity will be the subject of a poetry reading March 30 at William Woods University. Walter Bargen of Columbia will read from his recent publication, “The Feast.”

This collection of prose poems sets the story of Jonah in a contemporary context. Bargen’s reading is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the library auditorium. It is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the English faculty, and is free and open to the public.

In addition to his most recent work, Bargen has published eight books of poems: “Fields of Thenar,” “Mysteries in the Public Domain,” “Yet Other Waters,” “The Vertical River,” “Rising Water: Reflections on the Year of the Great Flood,” “At The Dead Center Of Day,” “Water Breathing Air” and “Harmonic Balance.”

His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Novel Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, Seneca Review, Sycamore Review and Witness.

He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship; winner of the Quarter After Eight Prose Prize, the Hanks Prize and the Chester H. Jones Foundation poetry prize.