Nationally acclaimed poet Fairchild returns to Kearney April 11

Written by Jennifer Harvey, Curriculum Librarian


All members of the campus community are invited to a celebration of National Poetry Month.  The Calvin T. Ryan Library in collaboration with the Kearney Public Library is pleased to present a poetry reading by B. H. Fairchild, a nationally acclaimed poet and former Kearney State College instructor. This free, public event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 2013, at the Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Avenue, in Kearney.  A book signing with wine and refreshments will follow.

Much of his work is representative of his “Great Plains” heritage. “I don’t insist upon beauty being found in strange, overlooked places,” he said. “That’s just the way it seems to emerge in many of my poems.” (

Fairchild has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, Pushcart Prize in Poetry, the California Book Award, William Carlos Williams Award, PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, and National Book Award (finalist), among many others. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Fairchild’s books of poetry include The Arrival of the Future,The Art of the LatheEarly Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, Local Knowledge, and Usher: Poems. Fairchild has also written a critical study on the poetry of William Blake, Such Holy Song: Music as Idea, Form, and Image in the Poetry of William Blake.

In addition to Calvin T. Ryan Library and Kearney Public Library, sponsors include the UNK Reynolds Reading Series, UNK Faculty Senate Artists and Lectures Grant, and UNK’s English Department.

For more information about the event, please contact Jennifer Harvey, (308) 865-8276.

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