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Oct. 5: Award-winning poets visit Hood

FREDERICK, Md.—Two award-winning poets and authors will give poetry readings Oct. 5 at Hood College.

Gerry LaFemina, an associate professor at Frostburg State University, and Evelyn Lau, a former Vancouver Poet Laureate, will present their poetry at 5:30 p.m. in the Marx Center.

LaFemina is the author of a novel, a collection of short stories and numerous award-winning collections of poetry. His collection of essays on poets and prosody, “Palpable Magic,” came out in 2015, and his textbook, “Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically” was published this year. His new book of poems, “The Story of Ash,” will be released in 2018. He teaches at Frostburg State University and serves as a poetry mentor in the Master of Fine Arts program at Carlow University.

Lau is a Vancouver writer who has published 11 books, including six volumes of poetry. Her first book, “Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid,” was published when she was 18 and was a bestseller made into a TV movie starring Sandra Oh in her first movie role. Lau’s prose books have been translated into a dozen languages, and her poetry has earned several national awards. In 2011-14, she served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver.

Sponsored by Hood’s “Wisteria Literary Magazine,” this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Gottfried at 301-696-3744 or