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March 6 brings Two Renowned Speakers to Campus; back to back Convocation Events

Norman Ball

On Thursday evening, March 6, students will have two convocation events to attend with presentations in the BDR and in Kennedy Auditorium. In conjunction with the Bernie Traurig clinic taking place at the Riding Center March 6 and 7, renowned equestrian Traurig will speak in the BDR at 6:00 p.m. as a convocation event for the VI community.

Norman Ball, an esteemed Virginia poet, playwright, essayist and musician, will speak in Science Hall, Kennedy Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  Ball will also lead a creative writing workshop on campus through the English Dept. (see Edison Jennings for workshop information.)

Ball is a featured poet on Prairie Home Companion; his poems and essays have appeared in Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14,  Rattle,  Liberty,  The Hypertexts,  Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, and The London Times among others.

Ball has written two essay collections, “How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable?” (2010) and “The Frantic Force” (2011), that are both widely available on the web and published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively. His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC. His new poetry collection Serpentrope (2013) is available from White Violet Press and he has a new book out from Giant Steps Press on television and culture called Between River & Rock: How I Resolved Television in Six Easy Payments.

Mr. Ball consults on Program Management, Construction Management, and Information Technology topics for a number of companies. He received a B.A. in Political Science/Economics from Washington & Lee University and an MBA in Finance from George Washington University.


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