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Free poetry reading set at Norman Depot

Poet J.D. Whitney will be the featured poet at this month’s Second Sunday Poetry event at the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones Ave.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 9, 2014 at 11:20 am •  Published: May 10, 2014

Poet J.D. Whitney will give a free reading of his work at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones Ave.

The event is part of the Performing Arts Studio’s Second Sunday Poetry Readings.

Whitney was raised in California and Detroit. He taught literature and writing for many years at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County in Wausau, Wis., and College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wis. He retired as emeritus professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Colleges before moving to Oklahoma.

Whitney has 20 published books and chapbooks of poetry. Most recent are “All My Relations” from Many Voices Press and “Grandmother Says” from Arctos Press. Planned for release by 2015 is “Sweeping the Broom Shorter.” He has received writing fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.

He and his wife, Lisa, live in Norman.