Southeast Welcomes Cape Central Alumna as Nilsen Visiting Writer


Annie Christain, award-winning poet and Cape Central High School alumna, will perform a public reading of her work on Monday, March 18, at Southeast Missouri State University.

Christain’s presentation is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. in the University Center Redhawks Room. The event is free and open to the public and is funded by the Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Visiting Writers Series and Southeast Missouri State University Press.

A book signing will follow the reading, and books will be available for purchase at the event.

The Nilsen Visiting Writer Program brings a successful writer to campus each semester to talk with students about the crafts of writing and editing.

Christain is an associate professor of composition and English as a Second Language at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology (SUNY) at Cobleskill and is a former artist resident of the Shanghai Swatch Art Peace Hotel and the Arctic Circle Art and Science Expedition. Her poems have appeared in “Seneca Review,” “Oxford Poetry,” “The Chariton Review” and “The Lifted Brow,” among others.

She is a recipient of the grand prize in the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the Greg Grummer Poetry Award, the Oakland School of the Arts Enizagam Poetry Award and the Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry.

“Tall As You Are Tall Between Them,” her debut poetry book, was published in fall 2016 by C&R Press. In a review for Lambda Literary, Julie Marie Wade calls Christain’s book “polyvocal, enigmatic, primal, incantatory, whimsical, mythical, political, deeply pleasurable.”

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Cropp at (573) 651-2624 or