Poet Craig Paulenich to Read from New Book, "Drift of the Hunt,"
at MCCC April 19
Kent State professor
Craig Paulenich will read from his newly released book of
poetry, "Drift of the Hunt" (Nobodaddies Press,
Sacramento, CA, 2006), at Mercer County Community College on Thursday,
April 19 at 12 noon. Following the reading, he will discuss his
craft and take questions from the audience. The event is presented
free to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series
and will be held on the college's West
Windsor campus in the Communications Building, CM110, 1200 Old
In his new work,
Paulenich reveals a mythic landscape of steel mills and coal mines,
dingy rooms and alchemy. His shadowy personae, the Goat-Man, lives
on society's margins and does his best in a frustratingly foreign
everyday world. "Here," says poet Gail Wronsky, "is
exquisite, profound and cautionary poetry born of both romance and
earth, of dark magic and of even darker factories and mineshafts."
"Drift of the Hunt" draws from Paulenich's ancestry and
personal history: the foundries and steel mills of Western Pennsylvania;
Eastern European folk tales; the Appalachian foothills of South
Carolina and Georgia; Shamanism and Shinto; Gary Snyder's admonition
that the poet should have one foot in the Pleistocene and one in
the present; and the belief that there is a very fine line between
horror and humor.
of Paulenich's latest work, published by Nobodaddies Press, Sacramento,
CA, 2006. Sculptures by Frank Fleming.
poems from this manuscript have been published nationally in literary
journals including: The Georgia Review; Southern Poetry Review; Raccoon;
South Carolina Review; Kansas Quarterly; Tar River Poetry; The Spoon River
Poetry Review; Hiram Poetry Review; Tricycle: The Buddhist Review;
and The Laurel Review; and internationally in The Fryburger:
Frieburg's English Language Magazine; and The Windhorse Review.
An early version of this manuscript was chosen as a recipient of the Academy
of American Poets Award at the University of Pittsburgh (1982). A later
version was a semi-finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize (1996); poems
from the manuscript have earned nominations for the General Electric Foundation
Awards for Younger Writers (1986) and a Pushcart Prize (1994).
Paulenich teaches English at Kent State University-Salem Campus and is
the Kent State coordinator for the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
in Creative Writing (NEOMFA). He is co-editor (with Kent Johnson) of "Beneath
A Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry" (Shambhala
Press, Boston, 1991), and following its publication, spent a year as a
visiting professor of English at Shimane University, Matsue, Japan.
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