Erica Dawson Gives Free Poetry Reading

Erica Dawson

January 22, 2018

Poet Erica Dawson comes to Emory as part of the 2017-2018 Creative Writing Program Reading Series on Wednesday, February 7. Dawson gives a free public reading from her work at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt, winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize, and Big-Eyed Afraid, winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. Her work has appeared in three editions of Best American Poetry, as well as Bennington Review, Harvard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She is director of University of Tampa’s Low-Residency MFA program, and an associate professor in the Department of English and Writing. 

Born and raised in Maryland, Dawson has a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Ohio State University, and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught workshops and seminars at the Florida Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, St. Leo University’s Sandhill Writers Retreat, and the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon. She is the director of the University of Tampa’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and, at UT, an associate professor of English and writing.

In addition to her public reading, Dawson will hold a colloquium with Emory students, answering questions about her work and career.

For more information and to view the rest of the events in this series, visit