The Ryan Writers Series returns with poetry readings by three Xavier alumni. Robert Collins, Richard Hague and Robert Miltner gather in the McDonald Library, Room 130, to read selections of their original works at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8. All three poets graduated from Xavier as English majors and have long successful careers as teachers and creative writers.
Robert Collins recently retired after a 30-year teaching career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He has published six collections of poetry, most recently Naming the Dead (2012), which was a finalist for the FutureCycle Press Book Prize. His work has also appeared in many journals, including Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah, and four anthologies, including Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems (2002). He has received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Ascent Prize for poetry.
Richard Hague has published 12 collections of poetry, including Ripening (1984), for which he was named Co-Poet of the Year in Ohio, and Alive in Hard Country (2004), which was named Appalachian Poetry Book of the Year. He has also written fiction and nonfiction, and his Milltown Natural: Essays and Stories from a Life was nominated for a National Book Award. Recently retired after 43 years teaching literature and creative writing at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, he now teaches creative writing at Thomas More College. His most recent book is During the Recent Extinctions: New and Selected Poems (2012).
Robert Miltner, after many years of high-school teaching, earned his PhD in 1998 at Kent State University and is currently associate professor of English at Kent State University Stark Campus. He has published many reviews and scholarly articles and in 2008 co-edited a collection of essays on Raymond Carver. The newest of his 13 books of poetry, Hotel Utopia (2011), won the Many Voices Project Book Award and was a finalist for the Ohioana Poetry Award. He has also been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.
The Ryan Writers Series is an endowment of the Department of English and brings published authors to campus every year. Generally these are poets or short fiction writers. Previous series guests include poets Michael Heller, Charles Bernstein and Richard Berengarten. The event is free and open to the public.