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Transylvania welcomes two visiting professors

Transylvania welcomes two visiting professors in art and writing for the 2008-09 academic year.

Zoe StreckerKenan visiting artist Zoé Strecker earned a B.A. in English literature from Grinnell College, where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1988, and an M.F.A. in ceramic sculpture from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997. Her work includes large-scale public sculptures at sites across the United States.

Strecker’s primary goal as an educator is to demystify technical processes while developing in her students the intellectual tools necessary to make art and to comprehend works of art made by others.

“A liberal arts environment provides an ideal setting in which to teach art as a practice and as a subject,” she said. “When anyone engages with significant works of art, our perspectives are expanded in ways that strengthen us.”

Richard TaylorKenan visiting writer Richard Taylor recently retired as professor of English at Kentucky State University. He has won a variety of honors for his extensive publications in both poetry and prose and was Poet Laureate of Kentucky from 1999-2001. As director of Poetry in the Schools for the Kentucky Arts Commission, he served as poet-in-residence at a dozen public elementary and secondary schools across Kentucky.

Taylor earned a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky in 1963, an M.A. in English from the University of Louisville in 1964, a J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1967, and a Ph.D. in English from UK in 1974.

His publications include Rail Splitter (poems), Larkspur Press (2009); Sue Munday: A Novel of the Civil War in Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky, 2006; Stone Eye (poems), Larkspur Press, 2001; and Girty (a novel), Gnomon Press, 1989.

During winter term, he will teach a course in fiction writing set up as a combination seminar and workshop. “I’m looking for motivated and talented student writers who want to try their hand at creativity,” he said.

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