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A noted poet will share his vivid memories of the complicated issues surrounding identity and race as part of SUNY Canton’s spring 2013 Living Writers Series.

Iain Haley Pollock will speak at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Pollock’s collection of poetry, “Spit Back a Boy,” won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, which recognizes exceptional first books by African-American poets.

His childhood experiences of growing up as the son of an African-American mother and white father influenced his work and the title of his book.

His work also has appeared in the Poetry Society of America’s “In Their Own Words” feature and publications, including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, Drunken Boat and Indiana Review. Mr. Pollock will discuss his personal connection to the larger world of poetry as well as read some of his works.

SUNY Canton assistant professor of English Philip K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, said ,“Pollock’s poetry nimbly weaves between the worlds of blues and jazz, love and loss, black and white, all with a stunning dexterity, sincerity and beauty.”

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