Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 16, for poetry by Charlotte Pence and an art talk and a viewing of paintings by David Spear.
CHARLOTTE PENCECharlotte Pence’s poetry merges the personal with the scientific. Her first book, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities and households. A professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). Pence is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Redden Fund, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Alvin H. Nielson Memorial Fund, the Discovered Voices Award, New Millennium Writing Award, and many others. New poems have recently been published in Epoch, Harvard Review and The Southern Review.
David Spear earned a BFA from the University of Missouri-St.Louis in 1999 and an MFA in painting from University of Missouri in 2012.
His work can be seen throughout Columbia at venues such as Addison's Restaurant, the Wabash Bus Station, Memorial Union, Boone Hospital, Jefferson Middle School, the traffic box on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway and the ROTC Cannon fired on Faurot Field after a Tigers score.
Spear currently works on private and public commissions for a variety of patrons and teaches drawing and painting at the University of Missouri.