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It’s rare when a Pulitzer Prize nominee sets foot onto your college campus. It’s even more rare when that nominee is also a resident of your county. Maurice Manning, a resident of the East Texas area of Washington County, will speak at St. Catharine College Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. in Pettus Auditorium in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Manning, a native of Danville, is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Poetry for his 2010 work The Common Man (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which the Pulitzer judges deemed as “a rich, often poignant collection of poems rooted in a rural Kentucky experiencing change in its culture and landscape.”
In addition to The Common Man, Manning’s works also include Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, published by Yale University Press in 2001, A Companion For Owls, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2004 and 2007’s Bucolics, also published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Manning was a professor of English and associate director the creative writing program at Indiana University, in addition to teaching in the Master of Fine Arts Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, until recently being hired as an English professor at Transylvania University, starting in September.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., in 1988, a master’s in English from the University of Kentucky in 1996, and a master’s in creative writing from the University of Alabama in 1999.
This is the second visit to SCC for Manning, who first visited in November 2011 with his wife, Amanda.