Bankhead Reading This Thursday with Cole Swensen and Eric LeMay!

Oct 6, 2013Archive, News

This Thursday, October 10th, the Bankhead Reading Series, presented by the University of Alabama English Department and Black Warrior Review, will kick off with Cole Swensen and Eric LeMay!

This event will be in Smith Hall 205, not far from that giant basilosaurus skeleton, at 7:30 PM. We’ll have pre-reading refreshments, books for sale, and gorgeous handmade broadsides from the Book Arts department.

You can check out some of Cole’s poetry here, and Eric’s nonfiction here. You can tell your friends. You still have time to plan your outfit to match your shoes.

Cole Swensen
is the author of 14 books of poetry, most recently Gravesend (University of California Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and a collection of critical essays, Noise That Stays Noise (University of Michigan, 2011). A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she has won the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, the Iowa Prize, and a National Poetry Series selection and has received grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, the Fondation Beaumarchais, and others. A translator of French poetry, fiction, and art criticism, she has published some 15 translated volumes and won the PEN/USA Award in Translation in 2004 for her Island of the Dead by Jean Frémon. The co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, she has taught the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches in the Literary Arts Department at Brown University.

Eric LeMay has taught writing at Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. He is currently on the faculty of the writing program at Ohio University, his alma mater. He serves as an associate editor for the New Ohio Review and the web editor for Alimentum: The Literature of Food. He is also a host on the New Books Network. He is the author of two books, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Gastronomica, Poetry Daily, the Best Food Writing series, and other venues. He lives in Athens, Ohio, with his wife and fellow writer, Kristin LeMay. Email him at