Dick Allen, Connecticut’s newly named Poet Laureate, will speak at the University of Bridgeport on Thursday, November 18 as part of Necessary Voices, a new lecture series on writing and the arts launched by the UB English department.

Allen’s lecture, “Unexpected Seeing: A Poetry Reading with American Zen Undertones,” begins at 4:30 p.m. at The Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport. The event is free and open to the public.

Allen will focus on how poetry leads to unexpected ways of seeing and being, and how it may well change readers’ lives through what Zen calls “mindfulness.” Since Zen is often zany, as Allen reminds us, he will read some humorous poems, too.

About Dick Allen
Allen is the former Charles A. Dana Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport, where he taught for 33 years. His poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, and Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. His most recent collection, Present Vanishing: Poems, received the 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry.

About Necessary Voices
Launched in September 2010, Necessary Voices is designed to engage public discussion about writing and the arts. Each month, the series features lectures by visiting scholars, writers, and other experts. For a list of complete programming, or to view online videos and podcasts of previous Necessary Voices events, go to www.bridgeport.edu/voices.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu