BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting two poets during the month of April. On Thursday April 5, Jericho Brown will be on campus and Stacey Waite will visit on Friday April 13.
Brown has published poetry in America’s leading literary journals including New England Review, Callaloo, Indiana Review, Agni and Prairie Schooner. He currently serves as the Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. In the fall of 2007 Brown will join the faculty at the University of San Diego where he will teach creative writing and literature.

He will be reading from his first collection of poems, “Please,” which has been a finalist or semi-finalist for several prizes. Brown’s poetry draws on figures from popular culture including Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Janis Joplin. His reading will be Thursday April 5 at 4 p.m. at Maxwell’s and is sponsored by The Writer’s Club at Bethany College.
Waite is the author of two chapbooks “Choke,” which won the 2004 Frank O’Hara Award and “Love Poem to Androgyny,” winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Contest. Her first collection of poems “Butch Geography” was runner-up for the 2006 Prairie Schooner Prize.

For the past four years, Waite has taught writing and gender studies courses at the University of Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines across the country. Her visit to Bethany will take place Friday April 13 and is sponsored by the Gay-Straight Alliance and The Writer’s Club.