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Whitworth University to Host Poet Joshua Robbins Nov. 4

October 17, 2019
The Amy M. Ryan Endowed Professorship in the Liberal Arts presents Joshua Robbins ’01, who will read from his debut poetry collection, Praise Nothing (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building (HUB).

Praise Nothing, a collection of lyric poems, explores the hard truths surrounding faith and doubt in middle-class American suburbia.

Robbins received a B.A. in English from Whitworth, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.

His recognitions include the James Wright Poetry Award, the New South Prize, selection for the Best New Poets anthology, and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

This event is free and open to the public.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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