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OK Poet Laureate will present reading

One of Oklahoma’s most eminent poets will bring her work to life in the southwest corner of the state this week.

Reading Down the Plains and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center will present a Featured Reading from Oklahoma Poet Laureate Jeanetta Calhoun Mish on Saturday in Duncan. She will read a mix of poetry from her two full-length books as well as some new pieces.

Mish’s tenure as Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate began in 2017. In April, she was awarded a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, which funds her 2019 and 2020 workshops in public schools and libraries and other events, like this week’s reading.

“I love participating in community readings,” Mish said. “It’s important to me to support poetry and writing wherever it’s found in our state.”

Mish’s most recent books are “What I Learned at the War,” a poetry collection, and “Oklahomeland: Essays.” Her 2009 poetry collection, “Work Is Love Made Visible” won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award and the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West.

Mish also serves as director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University, where she is also adviser to the Red Earth Review and a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing and the craft of poetry.

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