March 7, 2007

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Heather Harris Graduate Intern

Poet and Author to speak and sign books at VSU

Valdosta State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, as part of the President’s Lecture Series, will host a lecture and book signing for Luci Tapahonso, poet and author, on Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center auditorium. Tapahonso grew up on a Navajo reservation and later learned English as a second language. After finishing high school, Tapahonso enrolled in the University of New Mexico, and published her first collection of poetry while completing her degree. Later Tapahonso gained international attention with her collection Saánii Dahataal (the women are singing), written in both English and her native language.

“Her poetry and stories are moving and lyrical,” Jeanette Lugo, English instructor, said. “The mixture of English and Navajo, of song and story, transports you.”

For more information, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences at (229) 333 - 5699.

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