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Award-winning poet, short story writer, and critic Peter Makuck will present a reading of his works at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, in the Humanities Division lounge (206 Withers-Brandon) on the Alderson Broaddus University campus. The reading is open to the public, and admission is free.

Peter Makuck received his B.A. from St. Francis College in Maine, where he studied French and English; his M.A. from Niagara University; and his Ph.D. in American literature from Kent State University, where he wrote his dissertation on William Faulkner. As a student he witnessed the 1970 Kent State shootings; his early poem "The Commons" addresses this event.

Makuck is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at East Carolina University, where he was also the first Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences. He has served as Visiting Writer in Residence at Brigham Young University, Visiting Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University, and Visiting Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He has also served as a Fulbright lecturer in France.

Makuck received the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for the best book of poems by a North Carolinian in 1989 and the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh in 1993. In 2010 his Long Lens: New & Selected Poems was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In addition to seven books and chapbooks of poetry, he has published two collections of short stories, Breaking and Entering and Costly Habits; the latter was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was listed by The Dictionary of Literary Biography in the “Top Ten Story Collections of 2002.” He has received five
honorable mentions in Best American Short Stories and his story "Filling the Igloo" was included in The Best of the Southern Review.

He has also co-edited a book of essays, An Open World, on the Welsh poet Leslie Norris. Poems, stories, and reviews by Makuck have been published in many leading journals, including Poetry, The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, and others; and his work has been featured on the Poetry Daily website and on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. Makuck founded the journal Tar River Poetry in 1978 and served as its editor until 2006.

Peter Makuck’s reading is sponsored by the Alderson Broaddus University Humanities Division and the student editorial board of InFlux, the campus literary publication. For more information about the presentation or about the creative writing program at Alderson Broaddus, contact Professor Carol Del Col at 457-6301 or delcolcs@ab.edu.