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October 13, 2010 - GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (October 6, 2010) – The 2010-2011 Aquinas College Contemporary Writer’s Series hosts poet Mark Jarman on Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. The reading is in the Wege Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public.

Jarman, a Kentucky native, earned his master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and has won numerous awards for his essays and poetry. After first publishing Tonight is the Night of the Prom in 1974, he went on to co-found Story Line Press, and The Reaper, a magazine that has since been published in book form as The Reaper Essays. His recent works include two books of poetry such as Epistles and To the Green Man.

Jarman’s work, which is largely in the story-style of poetry, focuses on his childhood, faith, and influences from his life in the south and in California. Questions for Ecclesiastes, which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1998 and Unholy Sonnets specifically address his personal struggles with his faith with direct comparisons to the author of Ecclesiastes struggle in the Bible. His additional awards include a Joseph Henry Jackson Award, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Grants.

Currently, Jarman is the Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

The Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series was founded by a grant from Tony Foster, M.D. ’73 and Linda Nemec Foster ’72. The series, launched in 1997, brings well-known authors to Aquinas College for public readings and workshops with students. For information on the Series, call (616) 632-2127 or visit the Contemporary Writers Series website.