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A Gray Barn Rising

A Gray Barn Rising: A Poetry Reading by Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras

Reading will be followed by a reception with cash bar.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Walb International BallroomGeorge Kalamaras, Indiana Poet Laureate


A Gray Barn Rising is an evening of poetry by newly appointed Indiana Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, Professor of English at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. Kalamaras will celebrate his state appointment by presenting to IPFW and the greater Fort Wayne community an evening of his original poetry, some of which deals with Indiana’s geography, animals, and people, as well as with his travels in the American West.


George Kalamaras is Professor of English at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Among his degrees, he holds a Doctorate in English from State University of New York at Albany. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Cedar Lake, Indiana, in Lake County.

He has published six books of poetry and one of scholarship including Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Contest, The Recumbent Galaxy, co-authored with Alvaro Cardona-Hine and winner of the C&R Press Open Competition, and The Theory and Function of Mangoes, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series; six poetry chapbooks, including the award-winning The Mining Camps of the Mouth; numerous articles in scholarly journals; and more than 725 poems in anthologies and magazines in the United States and abroad.

His poems have appeared in such places as The Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, North American Review, and many others.

In 1994, Kalamaras received an Indo–U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship (from the Fulbright Foundation and the Indo–U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture) to conduct research in India, with joint affiliations at Banaras Hindu University and Deccan College. In 1993, he received a Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has twice received an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2009, he won the IPFW Outstanding Researcher Award, and he was the internal Distinguished Lecturer in IPFW’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2007.

He has presented numerous poetry readings throughout the United States as well as in India, and has served as a guest lecturer at universities in both countries.

Event sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Academic Affairs