Independent Minds, Working Together

Ohio Poet Nin Andrews to Present a Reading of Her Works

Free public event to be held on Oct. 10 in The College of Wooster’s Kauke Hall

September 26, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster will welcome Ohio-based poet Nin Andrews to campus for a reading of her works on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in Room 244 of Kauke Hall (400 E. University St.). Refreshments will be available following the reading, along with a book signing by the poet and a chance to talk with her about her work.

Andrews has had her poems and stories appear in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2003), and Great American Prose Poems. She won an individual artist grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 1997 and again in 2003, and is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Southern Comfort from CavanKerry Press. Her collection of prose-poems, The Book of Orgasms, was published by Cleveland State University Press and Bloodaxe Books in England. Her other books include Why They Grow Wings (Silverfish Press), Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane (Web del Sol), and Sleeping with Houdini, published by BOA Editions in the Fall of 2007 and listed as one of the best picks for fall reading by The Monserrat Review. She is also the editor of Someone Wants to Steal My Name, a book of translations of the French poet Henri Michaux, published by Cleveland State University Press.

Delving into the complexities of — and sometimes the conflicts between — erotic and romantic love, perceptions of the body, and personal longing, Andrews’ work engages both popular culture and intellectual history, personal experience and social commentary. “A feminist comedian of the sexual body, Andrews is also a sincere poet of regret,” wrote Publishers Weekly. “Gender–bending and genre-blurring, Andrews is a fabulous fabulist,” wrote fellow poet Denise Duhamel. “Her work is always surprising, sharp, and wild.”

Additional information about Andrews’ reading is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.