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David Kirby

David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which the Times Literary Supplement of London called “a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense.” He teaches at Florida State University, where he has won five university teaching awards and is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English. Kirby has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and recently the Florida Humanities Council presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing. He is married to the poet and fiction writer Barbara Hamby, and his latest poetry collection is More Than This.


“Think Small: The Tiniest Beginnings Lead to the Biggest Poems.”

Did you know that you are living in a gold mine of possibilities? Kirby will demonstrate how to discover the riches at your feet and turn them into priceless poetry.


  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Creative Writing Suite (Bldg. 6 - 54)

  • 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - Creative Writing Suite (Bldg. 6 - 54)

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