Mar 19, 2014

Sports and Poetry: A Reading by Philip Raisor

(Newport News, Va.) - RaisorThe CNU Honors Program will host “Sports and Poetry: A Reading by Poet Philip Raisor,” Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Trible Library Blechman Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

Raisor grew up playing basketball in Muncie, Indiana, and played in the state championship game that inspired the movie "Hoosiers." At Kansas University, on athletic scholarship, he played with the legendary Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, reaching the national championship game. After transferring to LSU, he was subsequently named an SEC all-conference playmaker. Muncie and sports had a strong impact on his emotional upbringing and 19th and 20th century literature had a major influence on his critical thinking. He earned a PhD from Kent State University and has taught at various universities, most recently Old Dominion, where he was instrumental in establishing the MFA program in creative writing. He was also active in the early civil rights movement and arts communities.

While he has been an active and prolific writer of literary scholarship, he has published poems in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Kansas Quarterly, New Virginia Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Indiana Basketball History Magazine, and numerous periodicals and anthologies. His book, Outside Shooter: A Memoir, about basketball, race and love was published in 2003, and Swimming in the Shallow End, a poetry collection was published in 2013. His chapbook, Hoosiers the Poems, won the 2013 Palooka Press Chapbook Prize and was published in 2013. His new collection, Headhunting and Other Sports Poems, will be published in 2014.

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1395237600000Newport News, Va.The CNU Honors Program will host "Sports and Poetry: A Reading by Poet Philip Raisor," Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Trible Library Blechman Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.RaisorThe CNU Honors Program will host “Sports and Poetry: A Reading by Poet Philip Raisor,” Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Trible Library Blechman Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

Raisor grew up playing basketball in Muncie, Indiana, and played in the state championship game that inspired the movie "Hoosiers." At Kansas University, on athletic scholarship, he played with the legendary Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, reaching the national championship game. After transferring to LSU, he was subsequently named an SEC all-conference playmaker. Muncie and sports had a strong impact on his emotional upbringing and 19th and 20th century literature had a major influence on his critical thinking. He earned a PhD from Kent State University and has taught at various universities, most recently Old Dominion, where he was instrumental in establishing the MFA program in creative writing. He was also active in the early civil rights movement and arts communities.

While he has been an active and prolific writer of literary scholarship, he has published poems in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Kansas Quarterly, New Virginia Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Indiana Basketball History Magazine, and numerous periodicals and anthologies. His book, Outside Shooter: A Memoir, about basketball, race and love was published in 2003, and Swimming in the Shallow End, a poetry collection was published in 2013. His chapbook, Hoosiers the Poems, won the 2013 Palooka Press Chapbook Prize and was published in 2013. His new collection, Headhunting and Other Sports Poems, will be published in 2014.

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1395237600000Newport News, Va.The CNU Honors Program will host "Sports and Poetry: A Reading by Poet Philip Raisor," Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Trible Library Blechman Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.RaisorThe CNU Honors Program will host “Sports and Poetry: A Reading by Poet Philip Raisor,” Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Trible Library Blechman Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

Raisor grew up playing basketball in Muncie, Indiana, and played in the state championship game that inspired the movie "Hoosiers." At Kansas University, on athletic scholarship, he played with the legendary Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, reaching the national championship game. After transferring to LSU, he was subsequently named an SEC all-conference playmaker. Muncie and sports had a strong impact on his emotional upbringing and 19th and 20th century literature had a major influence on his critical thinking. He earned a PhD from Kent State University and has taught at various universities, most recently Old Dominion, where he was instrumental in establishing the MFA program in creative writing. He was also active in the early civil rights movement and arts communities.

While he has been an active and prolific writer of literary scholarship, he has published poems in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Kansas Quarterly, New Virginia Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Indiana Basketball History Magazine, and numerous periodicals and anthologies. His book, Outside Shooter: A Memoir, about basketball, race and love was published in 2003, and Swimming in the Shallow End, a poetry collection was published in 2013. His chapbook, Hoosiers the Poems, won the 2013 Palooka Press Chapbook Prize and was published in 2013. His new collection, Headhunting and Other Sports Poems, will be published in 2014.

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