New York based George Wallace, award winning poet, professor and journalist, has performed his work across America and in the great cities of Europe. Wallace will be featured at a special Sunday Poetry Reading in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, at 7:00 pm, July 15. There is no admission charge. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
A frequent visitor to Oklahoma, Wallace originated the poetry component of Okemah’s annual Woody Guthrie Festival, together with Carol Hamilton. “His spirit, bounce, and smile bring a life to the reading of his work that is really a wonderful thing in performance.” says local poet Nathan Brown.
Wallace’s poetry, in particular his performance-oriented work, is imagination-based in its creation, emerging from a process of wordplay, surrealist deconstruction and bricolage into a final form that is typically characterized by accessible narrative and forceful rhythmic impetus. His work also bears the mark of 1960s concerns, particularly the social witness and aesthetic consciousness of that time, and frequently constitutes a departure from conventional academic poetry of the late 20th century.
Winner of the CW Post Poetry Prize and the Poetry Kit Best Book award, Wallace is listed by Poets & Writers and is a member of PEN. He was named the first Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, NY, and has been named Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. He is co-host of PoetryBrook, a SUNY Stony Brook poetry radio show which is streamed live on the worldwide web at www.wusb.org Thursdays at 6 p.m. He is author of 24 chapbooks of poetry, published in the US, UK and Italy, including Poppin Johnny (Three Rooms Press, NY 2009) Summer of Love Summer of Love (Shivastan Press, 2008) and Burn My Heart In Wet Sand (Troubadour Books, 2005).
Wallace teaches literature at Pace University in Manhattan. He is editor of Poetrybay, an online poetry magazine archived and distributed worldwide by Stanford University. Other editorial work includes Poetryvlog, a website featuring videos of poets reading their own poetry. He has studied with WD Snodgrass at Syracuse University and at Pacific University with David St. John, Dorianne Laux, Ellen Bass and Marvin Bell.
The Second Sunday Poetry Readings are a program of the Performing Arts Studio. For additional information about this and other PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320.