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Creative Writing Festival

Department of Literature and Language

Keynote Speaker

Ishion Hutchinson

The Mockingbird, East Tennessee State University's student-created art and literature magazine, presents our fifth annual Robert "Jack" Higgs reading.

This year, we are pleased to present Ishion Hutchinson, the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons, which recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. This reading will be the final event in ETSU's second annual Creative Writing Festival.

Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Hutchinson moved to the U.S. in 2006 for graduate studies. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, a Lannan Writing Residency, and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Ilya Kaminsky describes him as "without a doubt one of the most gifted poets of my generation." He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

Click here for a soundfile of Hutchinson's reading "From the Peninsula."

 See reviews of House of Lords and Common:

New Yorker - Ishion Hutchinson, Post-Colonial Poet 

New York Times - Jamaica's Best New Poet.


  Visit the author's website here:

  Ishion Hutchinson


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