Normandale hosts Author Adam Vines as part of Normandale Reading Series

By Kris Bigalk - Normandale Creative Writing Instructor

The Normandale English Department welcomes poet Adam Vines to campus on Thursday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., to read from his poetry collection Out of Speech, which is based on works in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public.

Vines is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review and Director of the English Honors Program. He has published poems in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, The Literary Review, The Hopkins Review, Barrow Street, Five Points, Green Mountains Review, 32 Poems, among others. He is the author of Out of Speech (LSU Press, 2018) and The Coal Life (U of Arkansas P, 2012) and coauthor of Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015).  

Vines was a full-time landscaper and part-time student when he took his first poetry writing class in his mid-twenties and has always been interested in visual art as well.

About writing this collection, Vines states: "In my drafts, I stretched the canvases and frames to encompass whatever context surrounded them and whatever context affected me at that moment. Some poems remain grounded in the paintings. Other poems employ the paintings as a jumping-off point to gain greater insight elsewhere." 

The reading will be followed by a question and answer session, and Vines' books will be for sale at the event as well.