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[Updated] WKU Alumnus = Visiting Goldenrod Poet

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an opportunity to meet someone who graduated from WKU and has made it in the literary world? They could give you real world advice on how to get from where you are as a student in Bowling Green, KY to national recognition and success.

Wait, there’s actually one of those opportunities just around the corner on April 28!

saeed jonesSaeed Jones (’08) is now a Buzzfeed LGBT editor, Pushcart Prize winner, and author of the new poetry collection Prelude to Bruise. On Wednesday, March 4, Jones will be on campus as the guest poet of the WKU English Club’s annual poetry festival, Goldenrod.

On top of his other achievements, Jones has been recognized in pieces from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and TIME Magazine, which also ranked Jones’s Twitter account as one of the best of 2014.

In addition, Jones’s Prelude to Bruise has been chosen as one of five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for the 2014 publishing year. The winners of the NBCC awards will be announced on March 12.

As part of the Goldenrod festival, Jones, who received his BA from WKU and his MFA from Rutgers University–Newark, will help judge the Goldenrod poetry competition’s finalists. He will also give a reading at 7 PM in the Recital Hall in FAC. Copies of his book will also be available for purchase and autographs. The event is free and open to the public so grab a friend, a professor, or a random kid on the sidewalk and go!

Don’t forget: Saeed Jones–April 28–FAC Recital Hall–7 PM. Be there!

Jones will select the top three winners from among these finalists:

  • “A Walk After Midnight on Repeat” by Sara Ann Alexander
  • “Coffee and Chai” by Shay Barlow
  • “SomewhereInAmerica” by James Buchanan
  • “John Lennon: A Day in the Rye” by Derek Ellis
  • “Cartoon Ghost” by Kirby Fields
  • “The Moon is a Shady Queen” by Isiah Fish
  • “Genealogy” by Jarred Johnson
  • “One Taste by Megan Seitz
  • “Welcome to Hell: A Red Carpet Event, Hosted by Joan Rivers by Renée Stewart
  • “Understanding” by Jordan Upton

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