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As part of the Muse Times Two Poetry Reading Series, Collected Works Bookstore hosts poets H.L. Hix and Kate Northrop for a presentation of their latest work.
H.L. Hix was born in Oklahoma and raised in various small towns throughout the South. He holds a B.A. from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas. He has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Wyoming, Shanghai University, the University of Texas, and the Low-Residency MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author of nine colleections of poetry, including Rational Numbers, winner of the 2000 T.S. Eliot Prize, and Chromatic, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. His work has also been published in several journals, including McSweeney's, Georgia Review, and Harvard Review. A starred review in Publisher's Weekly priased his work: "sometimes achingly beautiful in their accumulated details, sometimes grisly and violent, and sometimes tersely intellectual, Hix's collections have always been hard to forget."
Kate Northrop holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of three books and two chapbooks. Her first collection of poems, Back Through Interrruption, won the 2001 Stan and Tom Wick First Book Award. Her second collection, Things Are Disappearing Here, was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. She is also the recipient of a Paumanok Poetry Award, and an American Academy of Poetry Prize from the University of Pennsylvania. The literary journal Ploughshares notes that "Kate Northrop's poems immediately lure you into intimacy; placed in a present, visual moment, and often addressed in the second person, you are the one who is seeing. What's most compelling and even haunting about Northrop's work is the sudden shifts from physical to psychic landscapes, as if there were no distinction between the two."
The Muse Times two Poetry Series is a project of Lore of the Land, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Donations in support of this poetry program are tax-deductible under the IRS Code.