Denison University's Beck Series welcomes Peter Grandbois, James McCorkle and Robert Miltner.
Grandbois is the author of eleven books, the most recent of which is “The Three-Legged World,” packaged in the three volume book, “Triptych,” with poets James McCorkle and Robert Miltner. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in over one hundred journals. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. He is the Poetry Editor for Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University. You can find him at www.petergrandbois.com.
McCorkle is the recipient of the APR-Honickman First Book Award in 2003 for his collection Evidences selected by Jorie Graham. His subsequent collections of poetry include “The Subtle Bodies” and “In Time” (as part of the volume Triptych, with poets Peter Grandbois and Robert Miltner). Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, McCorkle lives in Geneva, New York, and, teaches in the Africana Studies Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and has had fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; he also received the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College. He is the editor of “Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry,” an editor of both “The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets” and “Poetry and American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial to the Present,” as well as the author of “Still Performance: Writing, Self, and Interconnection in Five Postmodern American Poets,” a study of postmodern poetry. He is active in collaborative projects involving the visual arts and music.
Miltner’s prose poetry collection “Hotel Utopia” was the winner of the Many Voices Poetry Prize. His most recent book, “Orpheus & Echo,” is part of the three books-in-one volume, “Triptych.” Prizes include a Wick Chapbook award, a Red Berry Editions Chapbook Award, and an Ohio Arts Council Award. An emeritus professor at Kent State University Stark, he is on the poetry and fiction faculty of the NEOMFA. Recently, his prose poetry can be found in “A Cast-Iron Aeroplane that Can Actually Fly: Commentaries from 80 Contemporary American Poets on Their Prose Poetry.”