Acclaimed poet to visit, read work in Denton

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The University of North Texas Visiting Writer Series begins in February with a celebrated American poet.

Brigit Pegeen Kelly will come to the campus for a question-and-answer session on Feb. 6 in Room 230 in Sage Hall. Kelly will read from her poetry selections and sign copies of her books at 8 p.m. the same day in Room 180 in the Business Leadership Building.

Both events are free and open to the UNT community as well as the public.

Kelly has published three books of poetry: To the Place of Trumpets (Yale University Press, 1988), selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize; Song (BOA Editions Ltd., 1995), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and The Orchard, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Kelly’s numerous awards include the “Discovery”/The Nation award, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a number of fellowships.

Her work has appeared in many anthologies and literary magazines, including The Nation, The Yale Review, New England Review, Poetry, five Pushcart Prize volumes and six volumes of The Best American Poetry.

Kelly is a professor of English at the University of Illinois.

Kelly’s visit is part of the UNT Creative Writing program’s literary outreach to students and to Denton.


Show combines Schols’ work

A pair of Denton artists will open a joint show at the University of Dallas on Feb. 7.

An exhibit of Don Schol’s acclaimed prints and Pam Burnley-Schol’s paintings in Gorman Foyer at the university, at 1845 E. Northgate in Dallas.

Among the art will be Schol’s woodcut prints — black-and-white soliloquies on the artist’s time in combat in the Vietnam War. Burnley-Schol continues to mesmerize with her paintings of the pedestrian and organic stuff of American life — humble things like split fruit — set off by brilliant goldleaf paint. The couple has exhibited work from these collections together in Denton.

Don Schol will present an artist’s talk, “Philosophy, Art and War” at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in Gorman Foyer. The show runs through March 4.

— Staff reports

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