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Wheeler and Almeder to Give Poetry Reading on Sept. 18

Lesley Wheeler, professor of English at Washington and Lee University and Melanie Almeder, who teaches creative writing and literature at Roanoke College, will give a poetry reading on Friday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Staniar Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

The reading is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Wheeler is the author of a newly-published collection of poems, Heathen (C&R, 2009), and the chapbook “Scholarship Girl” (Finishing Line, 2007); she has also published two scholarly studies, “Voicing American Poetry” (Cornell 2008) and “The Poetics of Enclosure” (Tennessee, 2002). She co-edited “Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv” (Red Hen, 2008).

Wheeler’s poems appear in Poetry, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.

Almeder’s first book of poems was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award and won the Editor’s Prize from Tupelo Press. Individual poems have been published in journals including Poetry, The Seneca Review, Five Points and The Georgia Review.

Almeder is deeply invested in community arts and has run workshops for the Recovery Home for Women at Bethany Hall in Roanoke, Va., and in a Battered Woman’s Shelter in Alaska.