Calvin T. Ryan Library of the University of Nebraska, Kearney in collaboration with Kearney Public Library, among others, is pleased to present a poetry reading by B. H. Fairchild, nationally acclaimed poet and former Kearney State College instructor. This free public event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Avenue in Kearney. A book signing with refreshments will follow.
Fairchild’s Great Plains’ heritage is evident in his poetry. Of this he has said, “I don’t ‘insist’ upon beauty being found in strange, overlooked places; that’s just the way it seems to emerge in many of my poems. Nobody could be more surprised at this than I am. I did not have a talent for machine work and could not wait to escape that little town, at least for nine months, to the world of the university. But that town is where my mind seems to locate the startling fact of beauty. And the stranger the circumstances or source of beauty, the more authentic it seems to me” (http://www.cstone.net/~poems/essafair.htm).
Fairchild has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, Pushcart Prize in Poetry, Beatrice Hawley Award, the California Book Award, the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award, William Carlos Williams Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Arthur Rense Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, among others. In addition, his work was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well.
Fairchild’s books of poetry include: The Arrival of the Future, The Art of the Lathe, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, Local Knowledge, and Usher: Poems.
In addition to Calvin T. Ryan Library and Kearney Public Library sponsoring the event are the Reynolds Reading Series, Faculty Senate Artists and Lectures Grant, UNK’s English Department, and the UNK Foundation. For additional information contact Jennifer Harvey, Curriculum Librarian, Calvin T. Ryan Library, UNK, 308-865-8276.