Beck Lecture Series Continues At Denison with Poet Nick CarbÃ³
Posted: October 14, 2003
Denison University's Beck Lecture Series will continue with a reading by Filipino poet Nick CarbÃ³ at 8 p.m., Wednesday (Oct. 22) in the Barney-Davis Hall Board Room. Admission is free and open to the public.
CarbÃ³ is the author of two critically acclaimed books of poetry:El Grupo McDonald's(1995) andSecret Asian Man(2000) and is the editor of two groundbreaking anthologies of Filipino and Filipino American literature:Returning a Borrowed Tongue(1996) andBabaylan(2000). Among his several awards are fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
CarbÃ³ earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where he first discovered his interest in poetry and the written word, and his master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He has taught courses at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and The American University in Washington D.C. and was a resident poet at Bucknell University. CarbÃ³ also has been on the faculty of several writer's conferences including the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa, Seaside/Florida International University Writer's Conference and The College of New Jersey 18th Annual Writer's Conference.
CarbÃ³ was born in the Philippines and has a multicultural heritage including Filipino, Spanish, Greek and American influences, all of which he uses in his creative life and poetry. He writes, "The love for one's art and the 'being' in that art transcends national boundaries, skin color, gender roles, and sexual preference. What remains in the viewer or reader is the 'thing of beauty.' That is the joy I bring to this world, whether the themes be American, Spanish or Filipino."
CarbÃ³'s appearance at Denison is also under the sponsorship of the Ohio Poetry Circuit, a consortium of nine Ohio college English departments which brings two poets each year to each of the member campuses. The Beck Lecture Series features scholars whose work is in the field of creative writing and is made possible by the Harriet Ewens Beck Fund. The fund is named in honor of the late Harriet Ewens Beck and was established by her husband, Gordon Clark Beck, a 1906 Denison graduate. More than 250 distinguished writers -- poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and critics --have visited Denison as Beck lecturers in the past 34 years.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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