Activist poet Chuck Miller to read at the Book Shelf


by Sarah Squires

The Laureate Reading Series will feature poet Chuck Miller reading from his poetry on Tuesday, January 6, at 7 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Book Shelf, 162 West Second Street, and will be followed by an open mic. 

Miller grew up in southern and central Illinois, and completed an MFA through the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in the 1960s. Iowa City has been his home base since then. He was involved in the Actualist poetry movement in the 1970s and has published 12 volumes of poetry, the most recent being “Parsecs to Go: Poems of Protest,” in 2013. He has taught English and literature in countries including China, Siberia, Poland and Argentina and frequently teaches courses in the U.S. having to do with the literature of protest; he has also been a migrant worker, picking fruit and planting trees. He is a spokesperson for the disenfranchised, and it has been said that he is the conscience of our generation, and the literary heir of Walt Whitman and Tom McGrath.


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