SCC Press Release

SCC Celebrates National Poetry Month, Welcomes Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell

Southeastern Community College will celebrate April as National Poetry Month by hosting a Visiting Writers Series event on Saturday, April 30, at 8:00 p.m. Scheduled to read is Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell, a nationally acclaimed and award-winning author. SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee and Di Dante Literature & Writing Club will co-host the event.

SCC English/Creative Writing Instructor and Di Dante Advisor Charles Burm notes, “Members of SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee feel it is important to provide our students and the greater community with cultural opportunities that otherwise may be difficult to access. It is our honor and pleasure to bring this distinguished writer to our campus.”

The reading will be held in the Little Theatre, Room 433, on SCC’s West Burlington campus and will be followed by a brief question and answer session with the author. All Visiting Writers Series events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Therefore, guests are encouraged to arrive and be seated by 7:45 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided at the close of the presentation, and signed copies of Mr. Clewell’s books will be available for purchase. 

Burm is quick in promoting the talent of the guest poet and the cooperative efforts of multiple organizations to make SCC’s Visiting Writers Series successful. “David Clewell has gathered much praise and has earned many awards for his writing. His work has been widely published, and in 2010 Missouri Governor Jay Nixon named Mr. Clewell the Poet Laureate of that state. We are fortunate to have him with us to celebrate National Poetry Month.”

Burm continues, “Much credit should go to the Burlington Area Arts Council, the Burlington Fine Arts League, the Society of Great River Poets, the SCC Foundation, and many area businesses and individuals for supporting SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee, the Visiting Writers Series, and Di Dante Literature & Writing Club students and projects. Through cooperative institutional and community efforts, we are able to host a writer of Mr. Clewell’s caliber.”

David Clewell has published eight collections of poems, including Blessings in Disguise (a National Poetry Series winner), Now We're Getting Somewhere (winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize) and, most recently, Taken Somehow by Surprise, the inaugural book in the new Four Lakes Poetry series published by The University of Wisconsin Press. His poetry has appeared in more than 50 journals and magazines, including Harper's, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, New Letters, and River Styx, and his poems have been included in numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010 and Sixty Years of American Poetry. Mr. Clewell has been nominated seven times for the national Pushcart Prize for poetry, and he is a Professor of English at Webster University in St. Louis, where he directs the Creative Writing program and teaches poetry workshops, 19th and 20th Century literature, and topics-in-poetry seminars.

For more information, contact Charles Burm: (319) 208-5230 or  


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