KC To Host Spring Visiting Writers Series with Author Travis Mossotti

March 14, 2018
Kaskaskia College announces that the Spring event for the Visiting Writers Series will be held on Wednesday, March 28, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus.  The guest will be award-winning poet Travis Mossotti, featuring his newest book, Narcissus Americana.
Admission is free and open to the public. This event is for mature audiences and has the potential to contain mature or challenging content.
The Visiting Writers Series occurs once in the fall and once in the spring, and it includes a guest writer who will offer a reading of his or her work as well as a question-and-answer session and a book signing. The purpose of the Visiting Writers Series is to offer Kaskaskia College and the surrounding community an opportunity to see, meet, learn from, and interact with published and awarded authors and poets. Such events not only cultivate and encourage the appreciation of reading, writing, and the literary arts, but they also inspire and enrich on the personal level.
Travis Mossotti has worked and volunteered over the last decade alongside his wife (a carnivore biologist) with U.S. government, university and nonprofit organizations on data collection, animal captures/ releases and lab work for various endangered species recovery efforts all across North America. Mossotti serves as Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis.
He was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award for his first collection of poems About the Dead (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection Field Study won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). His third collection Narcissus Americana was selected by Billy Collins as the winner of the 2018 Miller Williams Prize (University of Arkansas Press, 2018). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the Columbia Poetry Review, Moon City Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. He was a 2015 Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellow and was also a featured presenter at the TEDxGatewayArch in 2016. Mossotti teaches in the writing program at Webster University and works for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University.
For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, please contact Professor Josh Woods at jwoods@kaskaskia.edu.