Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University will welcome three acclaimed poets to campus for readings on Nov. 15 and 16.

Pushcart Prize winner Marcus Wicker will kick things off on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. for this year’s Delcamp Visiting Writer Series reading. His second poetry book, "Silencer," received rave reviews after it was published this fall.

“As a kind of therapy,” Wicker writes, “I began writing ‘silencers’—poems that address gun violence and police brutality against African Americans in the news, without specifically invoking case details...like a sleight of hand, employing misdirection so that the reader is initially unsure of a poem’s intention before the subject matter subtly unfolds. It’s my hope that this evasiveness will be even more (productively) uncomfortable than straight-ahead political poems.”

Wicker’s works have appeared in publications such as The Nation, Boston Review and Poetry. He won the National Poetry Series and was an NAACP Image Award finalist for his first collection, “Maybe the Saddest Thing.”

On Thursday, Nov. 16, two other award-winning poets will give readings at 7 p.m.

One of them is Alexandra Domínguez, a visual artist and poet who was awarded Chile’s national prize for painting. Domínguez also won the Gran Premio Nacional Salón Sur de Pintura in Chile, and she studied art at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid and Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Her poetry collections—including “The Conquest of Air”—also have won recognitions.

Also reading on Nov. 16 will be Margarita Merino, a Spanish poet and artist who has won literary awards for her poetry, including “Viaje al interior (Journey to the Interior).”

All of the readings will be in Carrick Theater, which is in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center off West Fourth Street.