Poet Irene McKinney Read at Lyric Theater

Posted: September 29, 2011 by fsucenterforcreativewriting in Events, Poetry

Appalachian poet Irene McKinney, previous poet laureate of West Viginia, read at the Lyric Theater, Frostburg, MD on Tuesday, September 27.

McKinney’s poetry revealed striking imagery and narrative of what it’s like to grow up in the secluded heartland of West Virginia. FSU student Deborah Wiles says about McKinney, “[She is] an insightful poet who retains the natural and rural grit of her West Virginia home.”

Between back story and poem, McKinney offered the audience a look into her process as well as her craft. Corey Oglesby, another FSU students, says, “Her sense of humor is as sharp and refreshing as her insights are unique and achingly real.”

McKinney was well received with approximately 60 students, alumni, faculty, and community members. She was the first author to kick off FSU Center for Creative Writing’s literary reading series of Fall 2011. Michael Griffiths is next to read at the Lyric Theater on October 25, at 7:30 pm. Look for other readings and events with the Center for Creative Writing at http://www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/

– Jessica Palumbo


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