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Work Of Late Poet Laureate Ken Brewer To Be Celebrated At USU Ampitheater Event

The Herald Journal

The inaugural Ken Brewer Celebration of Writing will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at the USU Amphitheater on Old Main Hill, featuring poetry readings, a live jazz ensemble, and an open mic. The main event will be a reading by the nature writer Christopher Cokinos, who was a friend of Brewer's and is the author or editor of seven books of poetry and prose.

Ken Brewer was a USU professor of English from 1968 to 2000, and the author of eight books of poetry and over 300 individual poems that he published in literary magazines around the country. In 2003, Brewer was named Utah poet laureate, and used his role to promote poetry readings around the state. Over his long career as a teacher and writer, Brewer encouraged thousands of Utahns to find their voice and to read their poetry out loud. This celebration honors that tremendous legacy by doing what Brewer himself loved best. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.