Faculty member to share original poetry

St. Scholastica's 2016-17 faculty colloquium series comes to a close with a presentation by theologian and poet Gary Boelhower at 3:40 p.m. Friday, May 5 in Tower room 4119.

Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments are provided. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Boelhower, a professor of Theology and Religious Studies, will read from his new collection of poetry, "Naming Rites," which was published in March. His third collection includes 65 poems that explore the ways we are named and branded with multiple identities, a clay vessel molded and imprinted from the inside and the outside by those who know us or think they do; by wounds, worries, stones, and nicknames; by place and absence; by teachers and traitors.

Barton Sutter, first poet laureate of Duluth, offers this review of the anthology: ‘"Naming Rites' is such a generous collection it offers both blessings and confessions, dirt and bread, miracles and explosions, cruelty and mercy, great blue herons who resemble monks and blue jays clowning around, a lover's tender touch and the horrors of the nightly news."

Boelhower is winner of the Foley Prize from America magazine, recipient of a career-development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and winner of the Midwest Book Award in poetry for his second collection, "Marrow, Muscle, Flight." His poems have been published in anthologies, including: "Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior," "The Heart of All That Is," "The Cancer Poetry Project 2," "Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude," "Trail Guide to the Northland Experience in Prints and Poetry," and "County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties 130 Minnesota Poets." Boelhower's recently-published prose books include "Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions" and "Mountain 10: Climbing the Labyrinth Within." Boelhower has taught ethics, leadership, and spirituality at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 30 years.

The presentation is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its tenth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters.