Joseph Survant

July 31, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Daviess County Public Library
2020 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
Daviess County Public Library


Come listen to Owensboro native and former state Poet Laureate 2002-2004 talk about his latest book The Land We Dreamed. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Joe Survant, a native of Owensboro, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Delaware. He taught contemporary literature, nineteenth century British poetry, and creative writing at Western Kentucky University until his retirement. He has also taught at the University of Kentucky and, on a Fulbright Fellowship, at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. His first book, “We Will All Be Changed,” winner of the State Street Press Prize, was published by State Street Press (SUNY-Brockport) in 1995 . His narrative poem, “Anne & Alpheus, 1842-1882,” won the 1995 Arkansas Poetry Prize and was published in 1996 by the University of Arkansas Press. “Rafting Rise,” a collection of narrative poems set in 1916 in the Green River Basin of Kentucky, was a finalist for the Brittingham Prize at the University of Wisconsin Press, the Di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and was published in 2002 by the University Press of Florida. “The Presence of Snow in the Tropics,” a collection of poems about his year in Malaysia, was published in Singapore by Landmark Books in 2001.

He has received poetry grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, the NEH, and the Poetry Society of America. His poetry has appeared in many small magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has given readings from his poetry throughout the U.S. and as far afield as the National University of Singapore and United International College in Zhuhai, China.