Reading Series to Mark Peace Corps Milestone

Ann Neelon

The Red Dragon Reading Series at SUNY Oneonta will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a reading by poet and returned Peace Corps volunteer Ann Neelon on Thursday, Nov. 10. This event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Experiences in SUNY Oneonta’s Lee Hall. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Neelon served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in the late 1970s, while poet Léopold Sédar Senghor was still its president. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, as well as the winner of fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Yaddo Artists Colony. Her book, “Easter Vigil,” won both the Anhinga Prize for Poetry and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Writers and Readers Award. Neelon’s poems and translations (including those of Senghor’s poems and essays) have appeared in many magazines, including The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review and Manoa. She is director of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Murray State University and editor of New Madrid journal. This event is sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Office of the President, the Department of English, the Center for Multicultural Experiences, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Office of International Education, Hunt Union’s Big O Poetry Slam and the Committee for Public Events. More information about the Red Dragon Reading Series is available from Dr. George Hovis of the SUNY Oneonta English Department at

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