SCC Press Release


West Burlington, IA -- Southeastern Community College will celebrate April as National Poetry Month by hosting a Visiting Writers Series event on Saturday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m. Scheduled to read is Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge, 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 says that SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee feels it is important to host such events.

“We strive to provide 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,” Burm explains.

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. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 7:45 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided, and signed copies of Dr. Trowbridge’s books will be available for purchase. 

Burm is quick to promote the talent of the guest poet and the cooperative efforts of multiple organizations to make SCC’s Visiting Writers Series successful. “Dr. Trowbridge has gathered much praise and has earned many awards for his writing. His work has been widely published, and in April of 2012, he was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri. We are fortunate to have him with us to celebrate National Poetry Month.”

In Tar River Poetry, Roger Mitchell writes, “Where, a hundred years ago, the Modernist poets turned their backs on the masses and its culture, most poets today have some sort of working relationship with the culture of movies, rock videos, fast food, therapy, and football. This is where William Trowbridge’s poems go, happily, for their material and energy.”

Burm extends his appreciation to a number of supporters, including 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.

“Thanks to the cooperative institutional and community efforts, we are able to host a writer of Dr. Trowbridge’s caliber,” adds Burm.

William Trowbridge’s poetry publications include five full collections: Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as in such periodicals as The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, andThe Iowa Review. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Anderson Center. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, and he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

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

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