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Poet Seth Michelson to Give Reading on Oct. 26 as Part of Ethics of Citizenship Series

— by on October 10th, 2015

Seth Michelson, an assistant professor of Spanish at Washington and Lee University, will give a poetry reading on the Ethics of Citizenship on Oct. 26 from 12:15–1:20 p.m. in Hillel Multipurpose Room.

This event, part of the Mudd Center’s year-long series on the Ethics of Citizenship, is a new presentation featuring original poetry of Michelson’s. Lunch will be provided—please RSVP to mudd-center@wlu.edu by Oct. 19 if you plan on attending.

Michelson’s research interests include Latin American poetry, aesthetics, translation theory, feminist poetics, state violence, colonialism and neoliberalism.

His most recent book of poetry is “Eyes Like Broken Windows” (2012), winner of the poetry category of the 2013 International Book Awards. He also is the author of the chapbooks “House in a Hurricane” (2010), “Kaddish for my Unborn Son” (2009), and “Maestro of Brutal Splendor” (2005).

Michelson’s poetry translations include “The Ghetto” (2011) from “El ghetto” (2003) by the internationally acclaimed Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain; “roly poly” (2014), the translation of “bicho bola” (2012) by the Uruguayan poet Victoria Estol; and “Dreaming in Another World” (2014) by Rati Saxena.

He received an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California.

The Mudd Center was established in 2010 through a gift to the university from award-winning journalist Roger Mudd, a 1950 graduate of W&L. When he made his gift, Mudd said that “given the state of ethics in our current culture, this seems a fitting time to endow a center for the study of ethics, and my university is the fitting home.”

For full details of this series, visit: http://www.wlu.edu/mudd-center/programs-and-events/2015-2016-the-ethics-of-citizenship.