Our regular readers know that Widener English is home to an abundance of talent.  In addition to hosting distinguished visiting writers each semester, including our most recent guest Iain Haley Pollock, our own faculty are themselves distinguished visiting writers in other places.

This spring the University of Tennessee hosted Ken Pobo as part of their Poetry Spring.  In addition to reading from his own work, Professor Pobo shared his thoughts on the publishing of poetry, particularly the role of the chapbook.  Fans of Professor Pobo’s work are probably familiar with his chapbook, When the Light Turns Green, and he has won numerous chapbook awards, including the 2009 Main Street Rag Poetry Chapbook Contest, the 2011 Qarrtsiluni Poetry Chapbook Contest and the 2013 Eastern Point Press Chapbook Award.

You can experience Professor Pobo’s reading for yourself here.  And check out his newest publication:  “Cardboard Jeff,” in The Citron Review.

Ken Pobo reading at Poetry Spring at the University of Tennessee. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Kallet.
Ken Pobo reading at Poetry Spring at the University of Tennessee. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Kallet.

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