CORVALLIS, Ore. - Visiting poet Paisley Rekdal will read from her work at Oregon State University's Memorial Union Journey Room on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 pm, with a book signing to follow.

Rekdal is the author of the poetry collections "A Crash of Rhinos", "Six Girls Without Pants", and "The Invention of the Kaleidoscope," as well as the book of essays "The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In".

In reviewing "The Invention of the Kaleidoscope" for Barn Owl Review, Jay Robinson observed that it's "the razor's edge that always accompanies eros that makes the poems of Paisley Rekdal fresh, intense and ultimately irresistible." Rekdal's work grapples with issues of race, sexuality, myth, and identity while often referencing contemporary culture.

Rekdal has been honored with a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and the 2010 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

The Visiting Writers Series brings six nationally-known writers to campus each year and is made possible by support from The Valley Library, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and the OSU Beaver Store.

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Heather Brown, 719-232-1485