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Poet William Harmon to lecture April 5 at UVa-Wise

Poet William Harmon will present his lecture, “Robert Morgan’s ‘Mockingbird’ in Company,” on April 5 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Harmon, who has published several books of poetry, will relate the history of literary allusions to the mockingbird as part of his talk on fellow poet and writer Morgan’s “Mockingbird.”

Morgan, author of the novel “Gap Creek,” “Boone: A Biography” and poetry works “The Strange Attractor” and “October Crossing,” will respond to Harmon’s lecture. In a related event, Morgan is the featured speaker at UVa-Wise on April 6 for the spring Coffee Night.

Harmon’s presentation brings literary imagination, nature and both writers’ intertextual art together in an appreciation of the rich inspiration of the mountains and the region’s highly acclaimed scholar-writers.

Harmon, who has degrees from the University of Chicago, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Cincinnati, is the James Gordon Hanes Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill.

He has penned five books of original poetry, including winners of the Lamont Award from the Academy of American Poets for “Treasury Holiday” and of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America for “Mutatis Mutandis.” Harmon has also published literary criticism articles and edited poetry anthologies, including “The Oxford Book of American Light Verse.” He has been the editor of “A Handbook of Literature” since its fifth edition in 1984.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Lecture Committee sponsors the event. UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending the event.

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