American Book Award Winner C.S. Giscombe to Give Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Poet C.S. Giscombe will give a free public reading at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Handwerker Gallery. His presentation is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.

Giscombe is the author of six books of poetry, including “Prairie Style” — which won the 2008 American Book Award — “Two Sections from Practical Geography,” “Giscome Road” and “Here.” “Back Burner,” a collection of essays on topics ranging from poetry to transportation to cooking, is scheduled for publication this year.

Among other honors, Giscombe is a recipient of the Stephen E. Henderson Prize in Poetry given by the African American Literature and Culture Society and the Carl Sandburg Prize given by the Chicago Public Library, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

While teaching at Cornell University, Giscombe served as editor of the national literary magazine Epoch. His work has appeared in Callaloo, New American Writing, Obsidian and Samizdat, and in the Best American Poetry anthology series and Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry.

He currently teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information on the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, visit or contact Catherine Taylor, associate professor of writing, at

Poet C.S. Giscombe will give a free public reading as a part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m.