Speakers & Artists and the English Readings Endowment are pleased to welcome Shira Dentz to campus. Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman Books), a book of poems which has been nominated for the PEN/Osterweil Award 2011.  (More info here, from Shearsman Books.)

Other works include a chapbook, Leaf Weather (Tilt Press), and the forthcoming door of thin skins (Cavan Kerry Press). Her poems, stories, and reviews have appeared in journals such as APR, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, jubilat, and Brooklyn Rail, and have been featured on NPR, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Omnidawn’s blog. Dentz is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, she has been a Fellow at the Tanner Center of the Humanities in Salt Lake City, and is the former Poetry Co-editor of Quarterly West. She is currently the Drunken Boat‘s Book Review Editor.

Dentz will read from her works on Friday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lied Art Center at Whitworth University. A book sale and reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253 or visit her website.

The purpose of the Whitworth Speakers & Artists Series is to present a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that will enrich the intellectual and spiritual life of the campus and the larger community. The English Readings Endowment was established to bring nationally recognized writers to the Whitworth campus and the greater Spokane area. During their time on campus and in the community, visiting writers offer classroom visits, workshops, meetings with students and faculty, and literary readings.