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Author Dennis Hinrichsen to give reading as Virginia Butts Sturm Writer-in-Residence

Author Dennis Hinrichsen will give a reading as the West Virginia University Department of English’s2017-18 Virginia Butts Sturm Writer-in-Residence. He will read on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the WVU Downtown Library’s Milano Reading Room. 

Author Dennis Hinrichsen

In addition to his reading, which is free and open to the public, Hinrichsen will work with WVU creative writing students throughout the week. 

“I am so looking forward to welcoming (Hinrichsen) to WVU,” said Mary Ann Samyn, director of the MFA in creative writing program. “I really admire his poetry. Our students are lucky to be working with him. He’s a terrific craftsperson and a great teacher. I think it will be a memorable week.” 

Hinrichsen is the author of seven books of poetry and two chapbooks. His most recent works are “Skin Music,” co-winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press, and “Electrocution, A Partial History ," winner of the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art. He has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and two grants from the state of Michigan as well as prizes for work published in Poetry Northwest, Carolina Quarterly and Third Coast. His work will be included in two forthcoming anthologies: “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poet Laureates on Social Justice” and “I Just Wanna Testify: Poems about Detroit Music.” 

Hinrichsen lives in Lansing, Michigan, where he is serving as the area’s first poet laureate.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Samyn at 304-293-9730 or