Prize-winning poet Iain Haley Pollock will conduct a workshop and read from his work on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Hamilton. The workshop "Too Black": The Intersection of Identity, Politics and Creativity in Contemporary Poetry" will take place at 4 p.m. in the Days-Massolo Center. Pollock's reading will begin at 8 p.m. in Dwight Lounge. Both events are free and open to the public.
In 2010, Pollock was the recipient of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his manuscript Spit Back a Boy (2011). The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is an annual first-book award for exceptional manuscripts by African American poets.
Pollock received his bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College and his M.F.A in creative writing from Syracuse University. He is a middle school English teacher at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. As a teacher, Pollock has advised students interested in poetry to “pay attention to your surroundings and start to learn the names of things. The texture of poetry is its specificity. The content comes out of your knowledge and experience.”
The events are sponsored by the Dean of Faculty, English and Creative Writing Department and Chief Diversity Officer.