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April 6, 2016

Contact: Renee Trindle
Sod House Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-463-2441

“History of Oklahoma Poets” Lecture at the Sod House Museum

ALINE, Okla. — On Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m., the Sod House Museum will host a lecture entitled “History of Oklahoma Poets.” The lecture will be presented by Dr. Shawn Holliday, professor of English and associate dean of graduate studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He recently wrote a book entitled The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: A Sourcebook, History, and Anthology (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015), which traces the history of Oklahoma’s poet laureate position from its establishment in 1923 to the present day. Holliday’s presentation will include the history of Oklahoma poets and an overview of his book, followed by a book signing. There also will be a brief reading of selected poems. Holliday took on the book project when he realized that many citizens were unaware that Oklahoma had a poet laureate. The book intends to celebrate the Oklahoma poets laureate and to exhume the work of those early poets whose books have been long out of print. For more information please contact Dr. Holliday at 580-327-8589 or spholliday@nwosu.edu, or Renee Trindle, director of the Sod House Museum, at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

The Sod House Museum, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the Oklahoma Historical Society visit www.okhistory.org.

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