Emergent Forms: A 21st-century reading series

Poet will be reading on Monday at 7 p.m. in Meese Meeting Room 305 at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.

The reading is part of the Emergent Forms series, which is focused on new poetry and prose by writers in established experimental traditions.

Knox's poetry is described as very funny, very raunchy and very good. She is the author of two books, "A Gringo Like Me" and "Drunk Noon."

The event is curated by K. Silem Mohammad, associate professor of English and Writing at SOU, and sponsored by the Department of Language, Literature and Philosophy. Mohammed, who helped found the series in 2005, says the series also seeks out younger writers who are influenced by those traditions and who are introducing innovative new approaches.

"We want to be an outlet for new, innovative writing and works by younger poets who are not yet recognized," Mohammed said.

Mohammed said many of the featured guests have worked heavily with themes that reflect popular culture, including film, music, comedy and comics.

"Our emphasis is definitely on experimental poetry. I think people will really enjoy Knox," he said. "This series is also a way to reach out to the thriving poetry community in Ashland."

Previous guests in the series include Lyn Hejinian, Ron Silliman, Peter Gizzi, Dodie Bellamy, Linh Dinh, Rebecca Wolff, Juliana Spahr, Mary Burger, Anne Boyer, David Larsen, Stephanie Young and others.

"We've had some amazing poets here," Mohammed said.

The reading is open to the public and free, though donations are welcome.

For more information contact the Hannon Library at 552-6860. To learn more about and see samples of her work go the Bloof Books Web site at /store.html.

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