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Young Harris College’s Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Acclaimed Poet and Critic Tony Hoagland

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The annual Reece Lecture at Young Harris College will feature American poet and critic Tony Hoagland on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Suber Banquet Hall of the Rollins Campus Center on the Young Harris College campus. A book signing will follow the reading. Presented by YHC’s Creative Writing Department and the Arts and Assemblies Committee, this event is free and open to the public.

A native of Fort Bragg, N.C., Hoagland is the author of five volumes of poetry: “Application for Release from the Dream,” “Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty,” “What Narcissism Means to Me,”  “Sweet Ruin,” which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and “Donkey Gospel,” winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of two collections of essays about poetry, “Real Sofistakashun” and “Twenty Poems That Could Save America.”

Hoagland’s poetry has received many accolades over the years including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts. He has also received the O.B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award, and the Jackson Poetry Prize.

Hoagland earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa and his M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. As one of the nation’s preeminent poetry teachers and thinker, his works are known for their acerbic and witty take on contemporary life. He currently teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson M.F.A. program.

The Byron Herbert Reece Lecture Series was established in 1966 in memory of noted poet and YHC alumnus and former instructor Byron Herbert Reece, ’40. This lecture series honors his memory and contributions to the world of letters by bringing noted writers to campus. Past lecturers include Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey, National Book Award winner Mark Doty, American Book Award winner Kevin Young, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and celebrated poet Edward Hirsch, and award-winning poet and author Ellen Byrant Voigt.

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About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit