Visiting Writers' Series to feature Abigail Keegan

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Visiting Writers' Series to feature Abigail Keegan

March 15, 2012

As the second speaker in the Visiting Writers' Series sponsored by the English, Foreign Language, and Humanities Department at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Abigail Keegan will read poetry on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Held in the J.W. Martin Library, Keegan also will have copies of her latest book,“Depending on the Weather,” available for purchase and signing at the reading.

This event is free and open to the public.

Keegan was born Akron, Ohio, but has lived in Oklahoma City all of her adult life.

Her love for the natural world and travel, her interest in the development of art and poetry—particularly in Oklahoma— and her concern for the struggles of people trying to make their lives work in difficult times comes through in her poetry and her teaching. For five years she served as an editor for the women’s poetry journal, “Piecework.”

Keegan has a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and currently is a professor of British and women’s literature at Oklahoma City University.

Her writings include essays on literature and a critical book, “Byron’s Othered Self and Voice: Contextualizing the Homographic Signature.” She has published three books of poetry including “The Feast of the Assumptions,” “Oklahoma Journey” and “Depending on the Weather.”

Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as “Herland;” The Blue Rock Review;” “Crosstimbers: A Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Journal;” “Ain’t Nobody Can Sing Like Me: New Writing in Oklahoma;” “Sugar Mule;” “Peace Poetry Anthology;” and “Windmill.” She has read her poetry at universities and at poetry festivals throughout the southwest.

Keegan’s most recent book, “Depending on the Weather,” has been named a finalist in the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award competition by the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

For more information about the Visiting Writers' Series, contact Dr. James Bell, associate professor of English and chair, at (580) 327-8469 or jibell@nwosu.edu.

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