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Shorter faculty member to present poetry as part of Boston University reading series

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Renee EmersonShorter University Assistant Professor of English Renee Emerson has been invited to read selections from her book, “Keeping Me Still,” as part of Boston University’s upcoming Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series. The Pushcart Prize-nominated author will present her poems on Nov. 20 at Mugar Memorial Library in Boston.

“Keeping Me Still,” which earlier this month garnered praise from British literary magazine Neon, was released in April through Winter Goose Publishing. The collection of Southern free-verse poetry is Emerson’s first full-length book and focuses on women’s issues such as motherhood as well as being a wife and a daughter.

Emerson, who earned her Master of Fine Arts from Boston University, said she is looking forward to returning to her alma mater to share her work with audiences she may not have had the opportunity to reach otherwise. She said that reading her work aloud has a unique way of bringing the music in poetry to life, and giving a voice to her poems in a public forum is an experience Emerson said she values deeply.

“I feel that it is incredibly important for poems to be read aloud and in the voice of the poet,” Emerson said. “I hope that my audience will come away remembering an image or two from the poems I read. It is amazing how an image can stick in a person’s mind for weeks — years, even — if it is a really good one with an emotional connection.”

Dr. Kathi Vosevich, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said Emerson’s literary success is well deserved and is recognized by her students at Shorter.

Cover of Keeping Me Still / Feather on water“We are proud to celebrate Renee’s recognition for her poetry — which is not surprising, considering her talent and that she was mentored by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky,” Dr. Vosevich said. “She is a great inspiration to her students, as well as to the award-winning student publication ‘The Chimes.’ Her writing workshops fill up quickly!”

Emerson has several additional readings scheduled this fall and winter. She will be presenting her poems at Christian Brothers University in Memphis on Oct. 7 as well as at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., on Nov. 3. She will also be signing copies of “Keeping Me Still” in downtown Rome at Dogwood Books on Sept. 6. “Keeping Me Still” is available for purchase at Dogwood Books as well as online at and


Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of best Southeastern Colleges. Shorter University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degree program in 48 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Shorter is online at

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