Poet Derrick Harriell to read at SLC on March 15

February 8, 2011

On Tuesday, March 15, Derrick Harriell will give a reading at Silver Lake College. Harriell will read poems from his recently released book, Cotton, at noon in the Grand Lounge. The event, sponsored by the college’s English program, is free and open to the public.

Derrick Harriell, a native of Milwaukee, holds an MFA from Chicago State University. Harriell is currently a dissertator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches creative writing and serves as Poetry Editor for Cream City Review.

Maurice Kilwein Guevara, author of Poema, has called Harriell’s Cotton a “mural in poems.” Kilwein Guevara writes, “The characters that inhabit this vivid tableau step into an active third dimension and allow us to witness the vicissitudes of their daily struggles, triumphs large and small, private desires. The community here is anchored by a specific mid-Western, African-American family which, in spite of both external and internal challenges, maintains its unity, however precarious at times.”

Harriell’s book, Cotton, is available for purchase on the poet’s website, www.derrickharriell.com.

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