The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will begin its 2017-18 season on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with readings by poets Nate Marshall and Natalie Scenters-Zapico. The event in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.
Nate Marshall is the author of “Wild Hundreds” and an editor of “The Breakfast Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.” “Wild Hundreds” has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award. Marshall is the director of national programs for Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at the University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.
Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of “The Verging Cities,” winner of the PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award, as well as the forthcoming “Lima::Limón.” Her most recent poems are forthcoming or can be found in “Poetry,” “Boston Review,” and “Tin House.”
Other readers featured in this year’s series include poet and Allegheny alumnus William Brewer, along with Jen Julian, visiting fiction writer-in-residence at Allegheny, on Oct. 19; poet and Allegheny alumnus James Davis May, along with poet Chelsea Rathburn, Nov. 30; prose writer B.J. Hollars, Feb. 8; and prose writer Lily Hoang, March 15.
The Single Voice Reading Series, sponsored by the John C. Sturtevant Memorial Lectureship and organized by Allegheny College’s English department, provides students with an opportunity to hear and meet nationally known writers. Previous readers have included John Updike, Carolyn Forché, Tobias Wolff, Jane Hirshfield, W.D. Snodgrass, Richard Blanco, Robert Olen Butler, Edward Hirsch, Tim O’Brien and Mark Doty.