Copperman reading highlights teaching in Mississippi Delta

Michael CoppermanAuthor Mike Copperman will present a reading on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Copperman, senior instructor of English at the University of Oregon, will read from and talk about his memoir, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, which captures what it’s like to teach in America’s poorest and most troubled public schools. Of the memoir, Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield, writes, “I was knocked out by the pure hard honesty of Copperman’s story.”

Teacher captures both the disorientation of living in the divided world of the Mississippi Delta and the heartbreaking struggles of too many of our nation’s young people.

Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon for the last decade. His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing and Copper Nickel, among other magazines. Copperman has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission.

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.