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Poet presents work at Tech

SAM HOISINGTON/THE ARKA TECH: Dr. Chelsea Woodard reads from her work at an event hosted by the Department of English and World Languages.

Visiting poet Dr. Chelsea Woodard read a collection of her works Friday night at a reading hosted by the Department of English and World Languages.

Approximately 30 audience members listened to a selection of works, some published and some not yet published, that were written by the poet.

Woodard was introduced by Dr. Mary Sharpe, assistant professor of English at Tech. Sharpe called Woodard a friend of hers. The two met during their doctoral coursework at the University of North Texas.

Woodard read multiple poems that spanned a variety of themes. The poems were mostly autobiographical, detailing events that happened in her life. Individual experiences that inspired poems included finding porn magazines at the age of 12, drawing nude models in an art class and the sale of her childhood home.

Most of the works came from her two poetry anthologies, Vellum (published in 2014) and Solitary Bee (published earlier this year).

Nelson Ramirez, associate professor of Spanish, was in the audience. Ramirez bought both of Woodard’s books in advance of the reading.

Asked after the event how he thought the reading went, Ramirez said it was “excellent.”

“She is an excellent poet,” Ramirez said.

David Borengasser, English education major from Russellville, said the poetry reading was fun. Borengasser has written several poems and thought the event might have an effect on his work.

“I thought this would be a good chance to see where my poetry is going,” Borengasser said.

Woodard received a BA in Visual Arts and English from Union College, a MFA from John Hopkins University, and a PhD in English from the University of North Texas. She currently teaches at New Hampton School, a college preparatory school in New Hampshire.