Award-winning poets to read on campus

September 4, 2014
Kara Candito
Lauren Alleyne

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two nationally published poets will read for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities’ Visiting Writers Reading Series on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Harry and Laura Nohr Art Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville, from 6-7:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the spirit of multiculturalism in the arts, specifically poetry.

Featured poets include Lauren K. Alleyne, assistant professor of English and the poet-in-residence at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, and Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at UW-Platteville.

Alleyne will read from her first collection, “Difficult Fruit,” and also from some of her newer body of work. Candito will read from her second collection of poetry, “Spectator,” and will share poems from her third manuscript.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Alleyne is a winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her work has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, including an Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Award, The Small Axe Literary Review Prize, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg awards and a Lyric Iowa prize. She is a Cave Canem fellow.

Alleyne’s essays and poems have been published in several journals and anthologies including “The Crab Orchard Review,” “Black Arts Quarterly,” “The Caribbean Writer,” “The Cimarron Review,” “Growing Up Girl” and “Gathering Ground,” among others.

Candito is a recipient of the prestigious Pushcart Prize for her poem “Monologue during a Blackout,” the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. She is the recipient of scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony and the Santa Fe Arts Institute.

Candito’s work has been published in “AGNI,” “The Kenyon Review,” “jubilat,” “Drunken Boat,” “Forklift Ohio,” “The Rumpus,” “Indiana Review” and more. She is the editor-in-chief of the “Driftless Review” and a co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry reading series.

A book sale and signing will be held following the reading. Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Dr. Kara Candito, department of humanities, (608) 342-6154,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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