McClanaghan, recently published in The New Yorker, will read from her book of poems, ‘River Legs’ on Sept. 25

Jen McClanaghan, assistant professor of English and writer in residence at Salve Regina, will host a public reading from her new book “River Legs,” a collection of poems that is garnering rave reviews and is currently a finalist for the National Poetry Series and The Dorset Prize.

The reading, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Island Books, located in Wyatt Square, 575 East Main Road in Middletown. A wine and cheese reception will follow. The evening is being sponsored by the university’s English department.

McClanaghan’s writing, including her poem “Born Again” that has been published in the Sept. 15 issue of The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/born), has appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and New England Review.

“‘Born Again’ is inspired by a New York Times story that my creative writing students and I discussed at length last fall, so they were definitely a part of the experience of writing it,” McClanaghan says.

“Jen McClanaghan has been, among her generation of young poets, one of my must-read favorites and now, with the publication of her debut collection, River Legs, her full-voiced arrival on the national scene feels like a triumph for those of us who swear allegiance to the vitality of American poetry,” says Bob Shacochis, author of “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.”

“The mark of a truly imaginative poet is to say what we human beings all feel in a way that's never been said before,” says Nikky Finney, who selected River Legs for Kore Press’s First Book Award for Poetry.

McClanaghan has her B.A. in creative writing from Antioch College, her M.F.A. in creating writing with a concentration in poetry from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in poetry from Florida State University.

She has been a finalist in the Third Coast Petry Contest, was a Best New Poets nominee from FIELD, and is a past winner of the Georgetown Review Poetry Prize.