Poet and advocate Ryan Browne to present reading in MayApril 10, 2012
|Ryan J. Browne|
Browne's reading will celebrate the release of his book of poetry, "Outside Come In," winner the 2011 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Competition. His work has been featured in The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, The Journal and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Browne holds a bachelor's degree from Creighton University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Alabama. While in Alabama, he began teaching poetry and literature courses in state prisons and realized he had never been in classes where poetry was as devoured or as savored as it was in prison. Since 2007 he has been an instructor of poetry and literature in medium- and maximum-security prisons throughout Alabama. Browne said he has witnessed firsthand the inequities within the United States' prison system.
|RJ Browne's "Outside Come In"|
During his visit to campus, Browne will read from his recent work. He also will answer questions about prison education.
The May 3 reading is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Visiting Minority Scholars Program, which is funded by UW-Eau Claire's Affirmative Action Office and is committed to hosting guest speakers from underrepresented groups or addressing issues affecting underrepresented groups.