Runciman, Wrigley to read from their work at “Readings at the Nick”

Lex Runciman, professor of EnglishAcclaimed authors Lex Runciman and Robert Wrigley will read from their works on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

This reading is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series at Linfield.

Runciman, Linfield professor emeritus of English, has published four college textbooks, two anthologies and six collections of poems, including “The Admirations,” which won the Oregon Book Award. His new and selected poems, “Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016,” was published in 2017. His work has appeared in such magazines and journals as Ploughshares, Southern Review, Northwest Review and The Gettysburg Review, as well as in a number of anthologies, including “From Here We Speak,” the poetry volume of the Oregon Literature Series from Oregon State University Press. Runciman taught at Linfield for 25 years, retiring last year. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied with Madeline DeFrees and Richard Hugo.

Wrigley, the first male in his family to escape work in a coal mine, was also the first to graduate from college. Wrigley also earned his master’s degree from the University of Montana. His collections of poetry include “Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems,” winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; “Beautiful Country; Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems”; “Lives of the Animals,” winner of the Poets Prize; “Reign of Snakes,” winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; and “In the Bank of Beautiful Sins,” winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. His latest collection is entitled “Box.” Wrigley recently retired from directing the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho, and he lives with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes, in the woods of Idaho.

The reading 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.