WC English Prof to Be Featured as Honored Poet at Kentucky Poetry Reading

March 25, 2019

Christopher Collins to Read from His Acclaimed My American Night Collection

Wilmington College’s Christopher P. Collins will be among the honored poets featured at the “Poetry Powerhouse Edition” of the 2018-19 Kentucky Great Writers Series April 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Carnegie Center in Lexington.

PICTURED: Dr. Christopher Collins is pictured n his office at WC, where he is a first year member of the English faculty.

The event is being held as part of National Poetry Month, which is observed annually in April.

Collins, assistant professor of English, will be reading from his 2017 Georgia Poetry Prize-winning poetry collection, My American Night, a powerful reflection upon his experiences with war as a U.S. military platoon leader in Afghanistan and detachment commander for two tours in Iraq.

The description of My American Night notes how his war experiences “extracted their emotional shrapnel and examined their toll on his civilian life.” Collins’ poems “reveal the brutal ways” in which those vastly different aspects of himself as a citizen-soldier and as a husband and father often “collide and bleed into one another.”

The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning is located at 251 W. Second St.,