Wake Forest hosts poetry reading with Harryette Mullen

By Pam Barrett
February 27, 2006

Award-winning poet Harryette Mullen will present a reading of her work as part of Wake Forest University's Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series at 7 p.m. March 1. The reading will be held at the Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public. A reception and booksigning will follow the event.

Harryette Mullen

Mullen, a professor of African-American literature and creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is the author of five books of poetry, including "Sleeping with the Dictionary," which was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her other books include "Tall Tree Woman," "Trimmings," "S*PeRM**K*T" and "Muse & Drudge."

Mullen's writing style frequently combines cultural critique with humor and wordplay, and her poetry grapples with topics such as globalization, mass culture, consumerism and the politics of identity.

Mullen has received numerous awards for her work, including a literature award from the Black Arts Academy, a Dobie-Paisano writer's fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters and University of Texas, an artist residency from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico and a Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry.

She earned a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The event is sponsored by the Wake Forest English department's Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, the Women's and Gender Studies program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the English Student Association.

For more information on the reading, call (336) 758-6143.