River Readings brings poet Todd Davis to Augustana

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College’s River Readings will open its seventh season with poet Todd Davis on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center (3750 7th Ave., Rock Island). An award-winning author of four full-length collections of poetry, Davis will talk about his creative process and read from his work, followed by a reception and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Davis is the author of the poetry collections In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These, Some Heaven and Ripe, and he is the editor of the nonfiction collection Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball.

His poetry has been featured by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac” of American Public Media, and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” His poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in many journals and magazines.

Davis teaches creative writing, American literature and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College, and he views writing as a way to explore the world.

“I think when we first begin writing, too many of us wish to jump forward to insight, to grand statement, instead of allowing the poem to be an act of discovery,” said Davis.

The River Readings at Augustana brings literary artists to campus each year from around the country. These writers of poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction meet with students in class or other venues to discuss their work and careers, and present a free reading. The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the English department at Augustana College.

About Augustana:

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 153 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.