Award-Winning Poet Tom Sleigh to Visit Santa Fe University of Art and Design

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Sleigh to discuss his upcoming book and other books of poetry born from his time spent in the Middle East and Africa

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—October 13, 2014—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will host poet Tom Sleigh on campus for class visits and a free public reading and Q&A on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in O’Shaughnessy Performance Space.

Sleigh will talk about his latest book, Station Zed: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2015), which was born from his travels and experiences as an international journalist in places such as Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Libya.

According to the publisher, “these poems are lucid and wrenching depictions of war, but they are also about Sleigh’s estranged twin brother, global warming, the uneasiness of poet as ‘witness,’ and a poignant elegy for Seamus Heaney. The result is Sleigh’s signature voice that is both emotional and heady, coupled with shots of dark humor. WhileSleigh has already received some of poetry’s highest honors, including the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Station Zed is an urgent and poignant book that should bring new acclaim to a beloved poet writing at the top of his game.”

Sleigh’s other books of poetry include Army Cats, winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Updike Award, and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He is also the author of Interview with a Ghost.

“An indispensable contemporary American poet.”

Boston Globe

“Tom Sleigh’s precision marks him as the diamond cutter of poetry; his verse has a tense musicality, and his ability to convey exact emotions, even the state of consciousness itself, is unerring.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Tom Sleigh’s poetry is hard-earnedand well founded. I greatly admire the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution.”

—Seamus Heaney

Visiting Poet Tom Sleigh

Reading and Q&A

October 14, 2014

7 p.m.

O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall

About SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department

The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.

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