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Stephanie LenoxCritically acclaimed and award-winning poet Stephanie Lenox will visit Lakeland College on Thursday, March 20 as a guest of Lakeland's creative writing program.

Lenox will conduct a daytime workshop with Lakeland College writing students, and perform an evening reading that is free and open to the public at Lakeland's Pub beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Lenox, a writer and teacher from Salem, Ore., recently published her debut collection of poems, titled "Congress of Strange People" (Arlie Press 2012). Critics have described her book of poems as thoughtful, humorous, zany and beautiful.

One reviewer, Denise Duhamel, author of the book of poems, Ka-Ching, wrote that Lenox's poems are "intimate, skillful, shimmering with complexity and awe."

After completing her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho, Lenox worked as a communications director for a children's museum before moving to her current position as visiting professor of creative writing at Willamette University. She is a member of the long-standing poetry critique group, The Peregrine Writers, and is editor of the online literary journal "Blood Orange Review."

Her work has garnered multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and fellowships from both the Oregon Arts Commission and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. It was during her fellowship from Arizona that she completed "The Heart That Lies Outside the Body," a project that was eventually selected as the winner of the 2007 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest.

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