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    A Century Ago’ event focuses on poetry Professors to read Frost, avant-garde and WWI works


    dosage arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>A panel of California Lutheran University English Department faculty members will read and discuss poetry written 100 years ago at the Grant R. Brimhall Library on April 7.

    Jack Ledbetter, Jacqueline Lyons and Joan Wines will present “Poetry of the Decade” at 7 p.m. in the Community Room as part of the library’s 2015-2016 free lecture series “A Century Ago: 1910-1920,” featuring Cal Lutheran faculty members.

    Ledbetter will focus on Robert Frost, Lyons on avant-garde poets, and Wines on World War I poets.

    Ledbetter taught English full time at Cal Lutheran for more than 30 years, and the professor emeritus continues to teach classes as an adjunct faculty member. He founded the university’s award-winning literary and art magazine Morning Glory in 1971 and served as its adviser for 25 years. In 1972, he established the campus’ Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize. Following the Thousand Oaks resident’s retirement in 2004, the English faculty established the Ledbetter Prize for Excellence in Writing in his honor. His numerous publications include poetry, anthologies, magazine articles, works of fiction and music. His poetry collections include “Old and Lost Rivers,” “Underlying Premises” and “Death by Violin,” winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry.

    Lyons, an assistant professor of English, joined the faculty in 2011 and teaches creative writing and poetry. She is author of the poetry book “The Way They Say Yes Here,” published in 2004, and the poetry chapbook “Lost Colony,” published in 2009. The 2004 book was inspired by her three-year stint in the Peace Corps in Lesotho. The Somis resident has published more than 50 poems and literary essays in national journals. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, a Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book Award, a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Nonfiction, and Utah Arts Council Literary Awards in Poetry and Nonfiction. Her work has been cited in Best American Essays.

    Wines began teaching at Cal Lutheran in 1976 and has taught full time since 1989. The Thousand Oaks resident was awarded the 2014 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She designed and directed Cal Lutheran’s Center for Teaching and Learning, which helps faculty integrate technology into their courses. She helped launch the Writing Center and has worked extensively with international students in the center. She served as chair of the English Department from 2006 to 2013 and has been the adviser for the Morning Glory magazine for 20 years. In addition to an extensive list of academic publications, she has authored books of poetry and written and directed children’s plays.

    Admission is free. The library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805-449-2660, ext. 7358.



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