Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-10-06

Samford University's Department of English will host poet Li-Young Lee Monday at 7 p.m. in Beeson Divinity Hall North 302. The public is invited to the reading, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the poet.

Lee will read from his most recent book of poetry, Book of My Nights, and possibly several of his newest, unpublished works.

Lee's other books include Rose and City in Which I Love You, which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Lee, who was born in Indonesia of Chinese parents, lives in Chicago, Ill.

Monday's presentation is part of the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education. Lee's reading is the first of three scheduled for this academic year. Other visiting writers include fiction writer George Singleton on November 14 and poet Rebecca Brown on Feb. 27, 2006.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.