Alumna Janet Hamill to read at Rowan Oct. 1

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Poet, writer, artist and spoken word performer Janet Hamill will return to her alma mater, Rowan University, for a free public reading of her works on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Rowan Art Gallery in Westby Hall.

Poet, writer, artist and spoken word performer Janet Hamill will return to her alma mater, Rowan University, for a free public reading of her works on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Rowan Art Gallery in Westby Hall.

Author of five books of poetry, including 2008's Body of Water, Hamill's poem, "K-E-R-O-U-A-C," published in the widely praised anthology Bowery Women Poems, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including, among others, Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, The Low-Tech Manual, Living with the Animals, The Unmade Bed, and Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing By Women.

A strong proponent of the spoken word, Hamill released two CD's of spoken word and music, "Flying Nowhere" and "Genie of the Alphabet," in collaboration with the band Moving Star.

She has read widely at a host of prominent venues, including The People's Poetry Gathering, The Walt Whitman Cultural Center, the WORD Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, Central Park Summer Stage, the Andy Warhol Museum, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, and Patti Smith's Meltdown Festival

An accomplished painter, Hamill has exhibited her work at the JP Art Market in Jamaica Plain, MA and in galleries throughout the Hudson River Valley, where she now resides.

In 1967, Hamill earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1967 from then-Glassboro State College.

For information on Hamill's reading, contact Bill Freind, freind@rowan.edu or 856-256-4500 ext. 3489.

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