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Poet Tony Tost to read from works April 19 at Delta Symposium XVIII: Roots and Generations


Poet Tony Tost will read from his work on Thursday, April 19, as part of Arkansas State University’s Delta Symposium XVIII: Roots and Generations. Tost ‘s reading, presented by ASU’s Department of English and Philosophy, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cache River Room, Carl. R. Reng Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road. Following Tost’s reading, students will read from their contributions to Tributary, the ASU student literary publication. At the conclusion of the reading, Tost will answer questions and sign books. Like all Delta Symposium events, the reading is free and open to the public.

Tony Tost was born in the Missouri Ozarks in 1975. He was educated at College of the Ozarks, outside Branson, Missouri, and he received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Duke University. His first book of poetry, Invisible Bride (LSU 2004), was selected by C.D. Wright for the Academy of American Poets’  Walt Whitman Award in 2003. A second volume of poetry, Complex Sleep, was published by the University of Iowa in 2007. His prose exploration of Johnny Cash's 1990s comeback and enduring mythology, American Recordings, was published in 2011 in the popular 33 1/3 series by Continuum Books. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and young sons. He currently writes for the contemporary western television series Longmire, based on Craig Johnson's best-selling mystery novels, which will debut on A&E TV this summer.

Tony Tost’s presentation is a highlight of this year’s Delta Symposium, April 18-21. For more information, contact Dr. Gregory Hansen at (870) 972-3043. For an overview of this year’s programming, see the general release for Delta Symposium XVIII: Roots and Generations online. Vist the Delta Symposium homepage or visit the Delta Symposium on Facebook.