Jason Koo to read from poetry collection March 5

Jason Koo

Feb. 24, 2014 - Jason Koo, assistant professor of English, will read excerpts from his new poetry collection, "American's Favorite Poem," at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.

The event, which is part of the creative writing program's "Yawp!" series, an open dialogue on creativity and the arts, will take place in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 119, on the Mount Carmel Campus. It is free and open to the public.

"Jason Koo is not afraid to experiment," said Kenneth Cormier, an assistant professor of English who organizes the "Yawp!" series. "He is a very readable poet. He's also a great reader. His readings are a lot of fun."

Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, "America's Favorite Poem" and "Man on Extremely Small Island," which was winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. He has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including the Yale Review, North American Review and Missouri Review, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute.

Koo is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, where he lives.

"Yawp!" started in Fall 2012 and features four visiting writers per semester. The Spring 2014 semester series also includes readings from Wally Lamb on March 18, Roger Reeves on April 4, Kaye McDonough on April 25.

"We are working to build and sustain a vibrant literary community at Quinnipiac," Cormier said. "We are extremely excited to welcome these excellent writers and poets."

For more information, call 203-582-8652.