Walter Bargen to Read from Newest Book of Poetry Sept. 27

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Walter Bargen will read from his newest book of poetry, Remedies for Vertigo, Sept. 27 at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 7, 2006 — Walter Bargen will read from his newest book of poetry, Remedies for Vertigo, Sept. 27 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The reading is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Remedies for Vertigo will be on sale at Southeast Bookstore as well as at the reading. Bargen will be available for interviews and booksignings after the reading.

Bargen has published 10 books and two chapbooks of poems. The Feast won the 2005 William Rockhill Nelson Award for best poetry book by a Missouri writer. His 10th book, Remedies for Vertigo (WordTech Communications), has been released this fall.

His poetry and fiction have appeared in more than 100 magazines. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship and winner of the Quarter After Eight Prose Prize, the St. Louis Poetry Center’s Stanley Hanks Prize and the Chester H. Jones Foundation poetry prize.

Word Tech  Communications says, “Walter Bargen’s Remedies for Vertigo is a book of flights — flights away from the ephemeral to the enduring, of searches for solace in a world of struggle, of glimpses of beauty in the everyday. Like the birds they so often evoke, Bargen’s plain-spoken lyrics and narratives take sharp, unexpected turns in midair, and haunt us with their songs.”

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout with the Southeast Missouri State University Press at (573) 651-2641 or sswartwout@semo.edu.