The Ernestine Kimbro Authors and Artists Series Presents a Public Reading of Recent Poetry by Dennis Held

October 5, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 7 - 8:30 pm
The Evergreen State Library, “Library Underground”
Light refreshments will be served

Dennis Held’s poetry has been described as “fresh, energetic, zany and good-hearted” and “a glimpse of an illuminated world, transformed by an uncompromising imagination that reveals the transcendent moments hidden away within our daily lives,” by a recent reviewer. Held was raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Transferring from UW-Waukesha to Evergreen, Held took Mass Communications and Social Reality and the Experience of Fiction. After graduation, he lived in Missoula, Montana for five years and was awarded the MFA in poetry writing. Dennis taught writing, editing and literature at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, from 1994 until 2001. Betting on the Night, a collection of poetry, was published in 2001 with Lost Horse Press, and was reprinted in 2003. Now living in Spokane, Washington, he teaches at Eastern Washington University. A second book of poetry, Ourself, was published in January 2011 by Gribble Press. Held Continues to publish essays, book reviews, and articles in magazines and for public radio.

About the series:

The Ernestine Kimbro Authors and Artists Series provides a forum for members of the Evergreen community to publically share their creative work. Sponsored by Library & Media Services, the Office of Alumni Programs and the Provost’s office, the series carries forward a tradition that Ernestine, who worked at Evergreen in different capacities for many years until her death in 2008, masterminded and kept alive even in her final weeks at the College.

Ernestine worked at Evergreen from 1973-79, 1986 and from 1990 until her death in 2008. As a faculty member, she taught philosophy, writing, library and information science, literature, cultural studies, and women's studies. She viewed teaching to be a privilege and set high standards of professionalism for herself and high standards of achievement from her students. Outside the classroom, Ernestine created a grand lifestyle shaped by her passions and pursuits in art, music, reading, writing, gardening, and conversation.