Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt is the 2014 Cockefair Chair writer-in-residence for the UMKC’s Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program. She will give public readings and teach master classes on the UMKC campus from Sept. 21 through Sept. 24.
On Sunday, Sept. 21, Voigt is offering a Master Class for MFA poetry students from 3 to 5 p.m. The class will convene in Cockefair Hall, Room 104. The session is open to the public, and free parking is available in the rear of the building.
Voigt will read from her works at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on the 4th Floor of the Miller Nichols Library Learning Resource Center, followed by a book signing and reception hosted by the UMKC Friends of the Library.
Her appearances are sponsored by UMKC’s Creative Writing Program, and financial support comes from the Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education.
The author of eight collections of poetry, Voigt makes her home in rural Vermont, where she teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. In addition to her poetry, she is well regarded for her writing on the art of verse. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, she has received the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize from the Folger Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems often appear in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and her work is included in “The “Best American Poetry.”