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Poetry Reading: Jill Essbaum & Tod Marshall

Celebrate Poetry Month

A Poetry Reading with 

Jill Essbaum  & Tod Marshall

April 15, 2011
Reading at 2 pm
Craft talk at 4 pm
Honors College Commons

Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of three full length collections of poetry: Heaven (winner of the 1999 Bakeless Prize), Harlot (2007, No Tell Books), and Necropolis (2008, NeoNuma Arts). Her most recent publication is a single poem chapbook, The Devastation (2009, Cooper Dillon Books). A former NEA literature fellow, her poems have been called "a cross between Dorothy Parker and a lap dance" and "John Donne in sexy underwear."  Jill’s poems have appeared in many journals including Poetry, The Christian Century, The National Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, and others.  Her poems have appeared in two editions of The Best American Poetry series, and her poem "On Reading Poorly Transcribed Erotica" was included in the anthology The Best American Erotic Poems, 1800-Present. Jill lives in Austin, Texas, and teaches in the UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA program. (And is also a graduate of the Honors College!)

Tod Marshall earned an MFA degree from Eastern Washington University and a PhD (with a specialty in modern poetry) from the University of Kansas. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices (2005). His second collection of poetry, The Tangled Line, was published in 2009 (Canarium Books, Ann Arbor). He teaches at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.