Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-09-01

Don Bogen, award-winning author of four books of poetry, will lead off this year’s Samford University Visiting Writers series Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Divinity Hall N302. Bogen spent last spring at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre of Queen’s University, Belfast, as Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing.

             Winner of the Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America, he is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati.

            Other Visiting Writers programs will be:

            * Nov. 7, Jane Hirshfield, author of six collections of poetry.  Her collection, After, was named a Best Book of 2006 by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and London Financial Times.

            * Feb. 13, Michael Kardos, author of a story collection, two books and other short stories.  He codirects the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.



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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.