MURRAY, Ky. —  The department of English and philosophy at Murray State University will host the first visiting writer in its 2017-18 Reading Series on Thursday, September 21. Poet Kathleen Driskell will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery on campus.

Driskell’s collections of poetry include “Blue Etiquette,” “Next Door to the Dead,” “Seed across Snow” and “Laughing Sickness.” She’s also the author of “Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem,” as well as the editor of two anthologies. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Southern Review, Shenandoah and Rattle, and in the anthology “What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets.”

Driskell is a professor of creative writing and serves as the associate program director of Spalding University’s low-residency MFA program in Louisville. In 2013, she was awarded Outstanding Faculty Member by the trustees of Spalding. She lives outside Louisville with her husband and two children.

A book signing and reception will follow the reading, and the event is free and open to the public. For further information about the reading, contact Dr. Carrie Jerrell at


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