Poetry reading features WSU professor Sam Taylor

The Writing Now, Reading Now series returns this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Ulrich Museum. For this edition, award-winning poet and member of the Wichita State Creative Writing Faculty Sam Taylor will read from his latest book “The Book of Fools: An Essay in Memoir and Verse.”

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by the poetry reading at 6:00 p.m. The event is free to the campus community. Taylor has requested that guests wear masks.

“The Book of Fools” is a sweeping elegy about Earth—and our plastic-choked oceans. Visually arresting and formally innovative, it marries global, ecological themes of loss, centered around the Great Pacific Garbage Gyre, to personal, confessional ones, surrounding a mother’s early death to cancer.

Writing Now, Reading Now is a series curated by the Wichita State Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program that brings celebrated poets and writers from around the country to read in the Ulrich Museum. Recent readings have been given by such noteworthy writers as Jericho Brown, Ilya Kaminsky, Samantha and Lee Chang. Writing Now, Reading Now is sponsored by the Department of English and the Ulrich Museum.