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AU professor emeritus to give reading of his published work

Dr. Benjamin Howard, professor emeritus of English at Alfred University, will deliver a reading from “Leaf, Sunlight, Asphalt,” his latest publication, on Thursday, Feb. 11, during AU’s Bergren Forum at 12:10 p.m., at Nevins Theatre in Powell Campus Center. This event is free of charge and open to public.

“Leaf, Sunlight, Asphalt” is Howard’s sixth collection of poems. Salmon Poetry, an international poetry publisher based in County Clare, Ireland, published it in June 2009. This publication includes poems set in Ireland, autobiographical poems set in eastern Iowa, and poems exploring themes from the Zen tradition.

Also included are “Expecting Nothing,” written for the first initiation ceremony of the Alfred University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; elegies for (the late) Robert Turner (Alfred University professor emeritus of ceramic art) and (the late) Carol Burdick (instructor emeritus of English); and “Right Livelihood,” written on the occasion of Howard’s retirement.

Howard earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Drake University, Des Moines, IA. He continued his education at Syracuse University where he earned a master of arts degree in English and creative writing and a Ph.D. in English literature. In 1975, Howard completed a post-doctoral seminar in 18th-century literature at Johns Hopkins University and another in contemporary poetry at Yale University in 1979.

Howard received the Phi Beta Kappa Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award at AU. He held the Fred H. Gertz Chair in Writing at AU from 1996-99, as well as the Hagar Chair in Humanities.

The cover art of “Leaf, Sunlight, Asphalt” is a painting titled “Wicker Chair.” The artist is Hope Zaccagni of Alfred, two-dimensional technician in the Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography at Alfred University.

For more information about Howard’s publications, contact him at
The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.