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Poetry Reading by Acclaimed Alaskan Poet Tom Sexton
November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Acclaimed Alaskan Poet Tom Sexton Returns for Poetry Reading at NECC
Former Alaska’s poet laureate Tom Sexton will be reading many poems from this collection during his reading at Northern Essex. He is the author of 14 collections of poetry. His work has appeared in most of the leading literary journals including the “Hudson Review”, “Paris Review”, and “Poetry”. Published by the University of Alaska Press, his newest collection, “Li Bai Rides a Celestial Dolphin Home”, traces the steps of a 4,500-mile journey from Massachusetts to Alaska that Sexton and his wife Sharyn took the day after their wedding, more than 50 years ago.
This Poetry Reading is free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the Northern Essex Liberal Arts: Writing Option program and the Center for Liberal Arts.
About Tom Sexton
Sexton attended Northern Essex for two years, from 1964 to 1966, before transferring to Salem State where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at Northern Essex, he helped found “Parnassus”, the college’s literary magazine, which is still publishing 50 years later.
Sexton earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in English from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, soon beginning a long teaching career at the university’s Anchorage campus where he directed the MFA program. He was the Alaska Quarterly Review’s poetry editor until he retired in 1994. In 2013, the university made him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Sexton was appointed Alaska’s poet laureate in 1995 and served until 2000 when the title was changed to state writer.