During the reading, Flesher hopes to convey through her poetry images of spiritual renewal, a driving theme in her writing. Caraway will read primarily new, unpublished poetry, and Lamon will debut poems that are featured in her new manuscript, Over Joy.
“This is a wonderful event to honor Lisa, who has deep roots at Whitworth,” Lamon says. “The arts are clearly an important part of her life, and for her to share her work with us is a wonderful ‘homecoming.’”
She continues, “Our students and community know what a wonderful professor and poet Thom Caraway is; his work is thought-provoking, affirming of faith, and deeply inspired by hands-on relationships between self and family, and self and community. The best poetry readings are a mix of voices and obsessions.”
Caraway, who joined the Whitworth faculty in 2008, has served since 2010 as the editor-in-chief of Whitworth’s literary journal, Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness. His poems have appeared in journals including Smartish Pace, Redactions, Red Rock Review and Ruminate. His first poetry collection, A Visitor’s Guide to North Dakota, was published in 2007 by Finishing Line Press. His work has twice been awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Thomas McGrath Prize. He is also the founder and publisher of Sage Hill Press.
The Oct. 6 poetry reading is part of the Whitworth Speakers & Artists Series, which presents a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that enrich the intellectual and spiritual life of the campus and the larger community. Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide an education of mind and heart. Whitworth faculty and staff are confident that Christian worldviews and Christian thinkers are sharpened by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and by engagement with the broadest spectrum of ideas. This confidence motivates Whitworth to invite to campus speakers and artists who can help our community engage in critical and careful thinking, as well as in civil discourse and effective action to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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