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March 29, 2014

Oklahoma’s poet laureate to hold free workshop in Miami

MIAMI, Okla. — Oklahoma poet laureate Nathan Brown will hold a poetry writing workshop at the Miami Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, as part of his final tour. This is Brown’s last year as the state’s official poet.

Miami library director Maraca Johnson said that Brown’s two-hour workshop is sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is part of a continual effort by the state agency to promote public engagement with the arts and humanities.

Admission is free.

“When the opportunity to have Brown come to Miami and to be available to interact with our writers (came up), I instantly knew it would be a great match,” Johnson said. “He is well known throughout the region as not only a poet but also as an educator and a musician.”

Brown teaches at the University of Oklahoma in Norman as well as Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. He also has served as artist-in-residence at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Brown was named Oklahoma Poet Laureate last year for a two-year term. He is the author of eight books, including “Two Tables Over,” which won the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry given by the Oklahoma Center for the Book. He also is the editor of “Oklahoma Poems and their Poets.”

Johnson said that having the distinguished poet ahead of the annual poetry contest held by Chapters Bookstore in Miami is a great opportunity for developing the region’s poets.

“It is kind of turning into a poetry month here,” Johnson said. “There is a great opportunity here to hone the skills of our developing poets.”

Johnson said that while the workshop is aimed toward younger poets, everyone is welcome to attend.

“Once word got out about this, we had a lot of adults express their interest,” Johnson said. “We are expecting a very good turnout for this event.”

‘Karma Crisis’

NATHAN BROWN’S latest book of poems, “Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems,” was published in 2012.

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