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February 3, 2010 - On Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series presents award-winning poet, essayist and professor Sherod Santos, Ph.D., the third speaker for the 2009-2010 series. The reading, in the Wege Center Ballroom, is free and open to the public. Santos is currently a professor of English at the University of Missouri. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in literature from San Diego State University, master of fine arts from University of California, Irvine and doctorate in English from the University of Utah.

Santos' most recent poetry collection The Intricated Soul: New & Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2010) will soon be available. He has written five other books of poetry: The Perishing (W.W. Norton & Co. 2003); The Pilot Star Elegies (1999) which won a Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, a National Book Award finalist and one of five nominees for The New Yorker Book Award; The City of Women (1993); The Southern Reaches (1989) and Accidental Weather (1982) which was chosen for the National Poetry Series.

The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry, and The Yale Review regularly feature Santos' poetry. His essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Kenyon Review and Parnassus. In 2000, the University of Georgia Press published A Poetry of Two Minds, a collection of his essays.

Santos is the recipient of many awards and honors including a Pushcart Prize in both poetry and essay, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as external examiner and poet-in-residence at the Poets' House in Portmuck, Northern Ireland and in 1999 he received an Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts and Letters to name a few.

The Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series was founded by a grant from Tony Foster, M.D. ’73 and Linda Nemec Foster ’72. The series kicked off in 1997 by bringing well-known authors to Aquinas College for public readings and workshops with students. For information on the Series, call (616) 632-2127 or visit the Contemporary Writers Series Web site.