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WVU Humanities Center to host poet John Hoppenthaler

John Hoppenthaler

The WVU Humanities Center is excited to host poet John Hoppenthaler on Monday, October 23, at 7:30 PM in the Milano Reading Room, Downtown Library. He will début his fourth collection of poetry, “Night Wing Over Metropolitan Area,” published this month from Carnegie Mellon University Press.

“We are excited to host John as he launches this new, wonderous collection,” Humanities Center Director Renée Nicholson said. “John’s work, both on the page and in the world of arts and letters always bears the highest mark of quality. He finds the beauty within the image, focusing on what is worth saving in a world that, perhaps, does not rise to all it could be.”

For nine years, Hoppenthaler served as personal assistant to the acclaimed American writer Toni Morrison. For 12 years, he served as poetry editor for the West Virginia-based literary journal Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Arts. He also edited “A Poetry Congeries” for the cultural journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Hoppenthaler’s many honors and achievements include an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, Regional Artist Project Grants from the North Carolina Community Council for the Arts and Residency Fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Elizabeth Bishop House, Dairy Hollow Writer’s Colony and the Weymouth Center. A Professor of creative writing at East Carolina University, his book “Domestic Garden” won the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poems by a North Carolinian in 2015.