NORFOLK, Neb. – A poet and musician will be featured during the first Visiting Writers Series of the fall semester at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Debra Marquart will read from her work on Wed. Sept. 29, at 2 p.m., in the Union 73 Coffee Shop on the Northeast campus in Norfolk.
Marquart is a distinguished professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University and is Iowa's Poet Laureate. She is also the senior editor of Flyaway: Journal of Writing and Environment.
Marquart's work has been featured on NPR and the BBC and she has received over 50 grants and awards including a National Education Association Fellowship and a New York Times Editors' Choice commendation and Elle Magazine’s Elle Lettres Award. She teaches in Iowa State University’s interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Creative Writing and Environment and in the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.
A memoirist, poet, and performing musician, Marquart is the author of seven books including an environmental memoir of place, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere and a collection of poems in Small Buried Things: Poems. Marquart's most recent book, The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging, was published earlier this year.
Marquart’s short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories drew on her experiences as a former road musician. A singer/songwriter, she continues to perform solo and with her jazz-poetry performance project, The Bone People, with whom she has recorded two CDs. Her poetry collection, Gratitude with Dogs Under Stars: New & Collected Poems, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press.
The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Northeast Community College English Department. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, coordinator, at (402) 844-7673.