American poet to keynote 22nd annual Diversity Institute Dinner

Timothy Seibles, MFA
Timothy Seibles, M.F.A., an American poet, and English and creative writing professor at Old Dominion University, will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Diversity Institute Dinner at Misericordia University on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The Diversity Institute Dinner begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Muth, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 217-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. Please call the Diversity Institute at (570) 674-6217 to reserve a ticket.

Mr. Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Hurdy-Gurdy,’’ “Hammerlock,” and “Buffalo Head Solos.’’ His most recent book, “Fast Animal” (Etruscan Press, 2012) was listed among the five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. He has been an associate professor of English and creative writing at Old Dominion for the past 17 years. Mr. Seibles is also a visiting faculty member for the Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program sponsored by the University of Southern Maine.

A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he has also been a writing fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poetry is featured in several anthologies, among them are: “Rainbow Darkness,’’ “The Manthology,’’ “Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry,’’ “Black Nature,’’ “Evensong,’’ “Villanelles,” and “Sunken Garden Poetry.’’ His poem, “Allison Wolff,’’ was included in Best American Poetry 2010.

Mr. Seibles will share excerpts of his most recent collection of poems during a reading at the dinner. Copies of “Fast Animal’’ and his other collections of poetry will be available for purchase at the event. He will also hold a personal book signing.

Mr. Seibles is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and remained in Dallas to teach high school English for 10 years. In 1990, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The Diversity Institute at Misericordia University was established in 1991 to promote multicultural understanding and to work toward the elimination of all forms of unjust discrimination. The institute is under the direction of Scott S. Richardson, Ed.D., assistant professor and director, Diversity Institute: Office of Inclusive Excellence. It is an educational resource center that works collaboratively with community members to promote and embrace diversity.

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