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Earl Braggs focus of Bowers Writers House events

Elizabethtown College cultural venue hosts award-winning poet

March Bowers Writers House eventsEarl S. Braggs, the Herman H. Battle Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and author of six collections of poetry discusses contemporary poetics and his personal perspectives on poetry reading and writing at a workshop and craft talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22, and presents and reads from his own poetry at 8 p.m. at Bowers Writers House.

The professor poet is the recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize and the Jack Kerouac Literary Prize; a chapter from his yet-to-be published novel, "Looking for Jack Kerouac," won the James Jones First Novel Contest. At UTC, Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry and African-American and Russian literature. Teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and two Student Government Association Outstanding Professor awards.

Braggs' latest book, "Younger Than Neil," has been called "Whitmanesque."

Admission is free; seating is first-come first-served. It is suggested to arrive at least a half hour early. Contact: Jesse Waters at 717-689-3945 or

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