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Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series Welcomes Poet Shane McCrae

The final guest speaker in the 2017-18 Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series is Poet Shane McCrae, appearing on March 15, 6 p.m. in the IPJ Peace and Justice Theatre. Admission is free.The final guest speaker in the 2017-18 Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series is Poet Shane McCrae, appearing on March 15, 6 p.m. in the IPJ Peace and Justice Theatre. Admission is free.

Accomplished and published poetry and chapbook writer Shane McCrae will be the final guest speaker of the 2017-18 edition of the Lindsay Cropper Memorial Writers Series, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre.

McCrae has written five full-length books of poems — In the Language of My CaptorForgiveness ForgivenessThe Animal Too Big to Kill (winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award); Blood; and Mule (a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a PEN Center USA Literary Award) — and three chapbooks.

His poems and prose have appeared in many anthologies, including The Best American series, and have been published in The American Poetry Review, Fence, Boston Review, Agni, jubilat, and elsewhere.

McCrae has an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a JD from Harvard Law School. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he teaches at Columbia University in New York City.

McCrae’s connection to USD this year will extend to being a judge of USD student poet entries in the annual Cropper Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction. Students submitted their entries in mid-December and top prize is $125 for each category as well as publication in the Fall 2018 Alcala Review publication. The winners of this contest will be announced at the final event of the 2017-18 Cropper Series event, the Graduating Creative Writing Emphasis Student Reading at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room 102.

The Cropper series was created to inspire the creative writer in all of us. The Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series and The Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing were established in 2004 by Barrie and Dorothy Cropper in memory of their daughter Lindsay, an alumna of USD, English major and aspiring writer.

Thursday’s event, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English, is free and open to the public. Following McCrae’s talk, which will consist of him reading excerpts from a selection of his work and answering questions from the audience, a dessert reception and book-signing opportunity will take place in the IPJ Rotunda outside of the IPJ Theatre.

— USD News Center