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Higgs Reading Series features poet-in-residence Dr. Don Johnson

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JOHNSON CITY (April 21, 2014) — East Tennessee State University’s Jack Higgs Reading Series will feature poet Dr. Don Johnson on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium. The free, public event will be followed by a reception and book-signing in the adjacent Slocumb Galleries.

The reading, sponsored by ETSU’s student arts and literature magazine, “The Mockingbird,” is planned in conjunction with release of the 41st edition of the publication. Prize winners for the best 2014 magazine entries in each genre will be recognized and free copies of “The Mockingbird” will be available.

Johnson is a professor of English in the ETSU Department of Literature and Language, as well as the university’s poet-in-residence. His poetry collections include “The Importance of Visible Scars,” “Watauga Drawdown” and “Here and Gone: New and Selected Poems.” He has recently published a new volume of poetry, “More Than Heavy Rain.”

In addition, he has published numerous articles on the literature of sport, as well as Appalachian literature, and has edited a collection of contemporary baseball poetry. He is a two-time winner of the Ruth Berrien Fox Award from the New England Poetry Club and the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Award.

Louisiana poet Jack Bedell says of Johnson’s work, “These poems make real the rustle of quail, the bites of rat snakes, the flow of a river in Appalachia. Whether it’s staring into the woods in Tennessee or pulling fish out of the Barataria basin near my own back yard, Johnson’s poetry provides journeys as worthwhile as they are profound.”

The Jack Higgs Reading Series commemorates “The Mockingbird’s” first faculty adviser, Dr. Jack Higgs.

For more information, contact 2014 student editor Maggie Colvett at . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.