On behalf of National Poetry Month, April’s luncheon speaker will be Dr. Andy Jones, UC Davis writing professor, poet, radio talk show host and public speaker. He has taught for the English Department and the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, since 1990. Originally trained as a poet and interpreter of poetry, Andy taught classes on TS Eliot, the Poetry of the Beat Generation, and Close Reading of Poetry, as well as the Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop. As a lecturer in the University Writing Program, Andy enjoys teaching pre-professional writing classes, and counts among his favorites “Writing in the Professions: Journalism,” “Style and the Essay,” and “Writing in Education: Advanced Writing for Future Teachers” which he has taught since 1996. Since 2000, he has hosted “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on Davis radio station KDVS, Wednesdays at 5 p.m. He also coordinates and hosts Poetry Night Reading Series on the first and third Thursdays at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.
His recent publications include an essay on Beat Art and Poetry in Lifescapes Magazine, a book chapter on teaching writing and literature with Twitter, and a book of poetry, Split Stock, that he co-authored. His poems have appeared in many small journals and newspapers, including Poetry Digest, Epicenter, A Light Left On, The Homestead Review, Snakeskin, The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, and The Sacramento News and Review. The title of Andy’s presentation will be “Obligations and the Poet: An Update and An Argument.”
Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour is a weekly public affairs program on radio station KDVS 90.3 heard live on Wednesday afternoons at 5 p.m., Pacific. On the air since the year 2000, Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour features interviews with local and faraway poets, innovative thinkers in the worlds of technology and social media, and practitioners of many other forms of creativity, including theatre, music, and writing across media. Poets with new books, creative innovators with new projects, and the representative of any local arts enterprise are invited to contact Dr. Andy to schedule an appearance on Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour.