Poetry Reading & Workshop with John Rybicki

Senior Justin Dainer-Best and James House brought poet John Rybicki to Haverford on October 22nd through a grant from the Humanities Center's Student Initiated Arts Fund. View photos and learn more.

John Rybicki's latest book is "We Bed Down into Water" (Northwestern University Press, 2008). He is an associate professor and writer-in-residence at Alma College. He also teaches creative writing to inner-city children in his hometown of Detroit, and through Wings of Hope Hospice, to children who have been through trauma or loss. His work is represented in The Best American Poetry 2008.

Rybicki's poems and stories have appeared in North American Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, the Antioch Review, the Iowa Review, and Michigan Quarterly, as well as in numerous anthologies. His first book of poems, "Traveling at High Speeds" (New Issues Poetry Press), appeared in 1996, followed by the book "Fire Psalm." His collection of poems "Yellow-Haired Girl with Spider" (March Street Press) was published in 2002. Mr. Rybicki sometimes works in a paint factory in Detroit and at a tire shop in Kalamazoo, when not teaching. He lives in Delton, Michigan with his son, Martel.

Rybicki came to Haverford under a grant from the Humanities Center's Student Initiated Arts Fund (event coordinator: Justin Dainer-Best '09). In addition to his workshop, he held a public reading in Gest 101 on Tuesday, October 21.