Heidelberg to host NY poet/performance artist

New-York-based poet and educator Joe Hall is to be at Heidelberg University Feb. 22 for a workshop with students and a public reading of his writings.

Hall’s visit is the first in the spring semester’s Jean Warren Gekler Writer’s Series, hosted by the School of Communication, Humanities & the Arts at Heidelberg. As part of the series, the public is invited to an open reading of his recent works at 3 p.m. in The University Commons.

Hall is the author of three solo collections of poetry, “Someone’s Utopia,” “The Devotional Poems” and “Pigafetta Is My Wife.” He also co-authored “The Container Store Vols. I and II” and “May I Softly Walk,” in addition to participating in Hostile Books, a publishing collective dedicated to radical materiality.

Hall’s individual poems and articles have appeared in numerous publications and he has taught community-based creative writing workshops through the Worker Center in Buffalo and Just Buffalo Literary Center. His work has been translated into Dutch and he has done in most of the 50 states as well as Canada and Washington, D.C.

The author is to have copies of their books available for purchase and signing following his reading.

The writer’s series is made possible by The Jean Warren Gekler English Endowment Fund and named in her honor. A 1980 Heidelberg alumna, Gekler is the associate director of the MBA Career Management Program in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

She created the endowment for the English department to benefit and enrich the educational experience of English majors and all Heidelberg students.