November 16, 2011 — Poet Joanna Klink, a Rea Lecturer in the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program's reading series, will give a poetry reading Thursday at 8 p.m. in the U.Va. Bookstore.
Her most recent poetry collection is "Raptus," and she has also published "They Are Sleeping" and "Circadian." She received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in humanities from Johns Hopkins University.
"In poems, I am trying to find my bearings through a world that at times feels remote and inchoate and struck blank with noise. I would like to place myself in a field of deep attention and out of that attention come to feel and regard with more acute understanding what is there," she wrote in an artist's statement.
Klink has been a member of the poetry faculty at the University of Montana since 2001. In September she completed a three-year term as the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University.
Sponsored by the English Department's Creative Writing Program in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the visiting writers series is funded through the Dungannon Foundation in memory of Michael Rea, an ardent supporter of the arts and U.Va.