Extra Credit Opportunity: Poet Geoffrey Nutter

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Pittsburg State University will feature poet Geoffrey Nutter. Nutter will be reading some new poems as well as from his most recent book Christopher Sunset at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Governors Room of PSU’s Overman Center. The event is free and open to the public. Following the reading, there will be a reception in the Heritage Room of the student center.

Nutter, who is assistant professor of creative writing at New York University, has a writing style that has been described as “powered equally by sunlight, virtue, wonder, and humility.” Former student Montreux Rotholz, now a poet and creative writing professor at University of Iowa, describes Nutter’s work enthusiastically: “Geoffrey’s poetry is morosely optimistic and remorselessly lush. It frolics. It tells ghost stories and frightens the children. Often the poems feel grand, sweeping, but they have, sunk in them, little wells of clear and beautiful image. All this to say, he is an enormously talented poet.”

Nutter has had three books published: A Summer Evening in 2001 (winner of the Colorado Prize), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems in 2005, and Christopher Sunset in 2010. His poems have been widely anthologized, including in The Best American Poetry, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets.

This will be the third event in the annual Distinguished Visiting Writer series, which brings nationally acclaimed authors, poets and writers to PSU. The DVWS is sponsored by the English department and the Student Fee Council.