Benjamin MyersThe February 14 Second Sunday Poetry Reading will feature 2015-16 Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Dr. Benjamin Myers. The free event begins at 2:00 pm in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Light refreshments are served. All are welcome.

"Of every poem I write, I ask myself if it is three things: vivid, engaging, and poignant.” says Myers. “I may hit those goals to varying degrees in various poems, but those are my standards, because that is the kind of poem that sticks with me as a reader.”

“I’m not interested in prescriptions of what poetry should or must do but rather in finding out all the things that poetry can do, the possibilities of poetry. Sometimes I use traditional forms; sometimes I use free verse, which at this point in literary development is really just another formal choice among others, carrying its own range of traditional associations and allusions. My simple working criterion is that the form fit the tone or mood of the poem” Myers said in a World Literature Today interview.

Born and raised in central Oklahoma, Dr. Benjamin Myers is the author of two books of poetry, Lapse Americana and Elegy for Trains. His poems can be read in many prominent journals, including The Yale Review, The New York Quarterly, 32 Poems, The Christian Century, Nimrod, Tupelo Quarterly, Image and other journals.

Myers earned his Ph.D. in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He frequently reviews works of contemporary poetry for World Literature Today, Books and Culture, and other journals. He has been honored with a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and with an Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Myers is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University, and lives in Chandler with his wife and three children, in a house built the year Oklahoma achieved statehood.

“Poetry is good for the soul,” Myers says. “Without poetry, and without art in general, the soul lacks an essential part of its necessary diet.” Feed your soul with both poetry and art. Enjoy the paintings of Connie Seabourn in The Depot Gallery while at the Myers' reading.

This and other Depot programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Phone 405-307-9320 for additional information.