A Poetry Reading by James Armstrong and Vince Wixon
Date: 6:00pm PDT September 19 Location: Frank Manor House
Frank Manor House
James Armstrong has published poems in Triquarterly, Gulf Coast, Orion, The Snowy Egret, The New York Times Book Review, Shade, Poetry East and elsewhere. He is the author of two poetry books, Monument in a Summer Hat (New Issues Press, 1999) and Blue Lash (Milkweed Editions, 2006) and is the co-author of a book of essays, Nature, Culture and Two Friends Talking (North Star Press 2015). Armstrong is a recipient of the PEN-New England Discovery Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in poetry. He is a Professor of English at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. He was Winona’s first Poet Laureate.
Vince Wixon’s most recent book of poems is Laying By, published by Flowstone Press. In the late 80s and early 90s, he coproduced two videos on William Stafford, and after William Stafford’s death in August 1993, Vince and his wife, Patty, helped assemble Stafford’s papers into a single collection. With former Stafford Archives Director Paul Merchant, Vince edited three books by William Stafford, and helped make the first cut of poems for the Stafford selected, The Way It Is. Vince and Paul’s article “William Stafford and His First Publishers: The Making of West of Your City and Traveling through the Dark” can be found on the Stafford Archives website. In 2014, Vince and Patty Wixon received the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for contributions to the literary life of Oregon.