NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Poet Jeff Gundy, a professor of English at Bluffton (Ohio) University, returns to Bethel College to read from his latest book, brand new from the University of Akron Press.
Gundy will be featured in a Bethel College convocation Monday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. He will be reading mostly from Spoken among the Trees, his fifth book of poetry.
Gundy is the author of four chapbooks, four additional full-length poetry collections – Inquiries (Bottom Dog Press, 1992), Flatlands (Cleveland State University Press, 1995), Rhapsody with Dark Matter (Bottom Dog, 2000) and Deerflies (WordTech Editions, 2004) – and three nonfiction books. The most recent of those is Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing (Cascadia, 2005).
Gundy is a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College and Indiana University in Bloomington. He taught at Hesston College four years before moving to Bluffton in 1984, where he has been ever since. He has been the recipient of several Ohio Arts Council fellowships and most recently was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He will be in Salzburg, Austria, from March through June 2008, lecturing at the University of Salzburg.
Gundy’s reading at Bethel is free and open to the public.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.