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Waynesburg University welcomes Geffrey Davis as b.f. maiz speaker

Poet Geffrey Davis will speak April 8

Teghan Simonton Mar 26, 2019
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Geffrey Davis

Waynesburg University will host Geffrey Davis, a poet, as part of the b.f. maiz Speaker Series Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Davis is the author of two books of poetry, with the second winning the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received many other poetry awards and has been published in numerous journals, including The New Yorker, New England Review and Ploughshares. Davis teaches in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Arkansas.

“I look forward to listening to the words of a very fine poet, who works in words to grasp truth, to hold us in the world of the poem, who does not turn away from difficult issues and who maintains a spiritual core,” said Dr. Robert Randolph, professor of English.

The b.f. maiz Speaker Series, named for the poet who requested his name be written lowercase, has included a long list of prestigious speakers who connected to the b.f. maiz Center’s focus of “poetry, peace and justice,” Randolph said. He said Davis fits right in.

“I hope students and faculty attending feel deepened,” he said. “I hope people take away a connection to Davis through his words, a trust in sincere and beautiful speech and a calling to communicate as well as we can to others.”

To learn more about this year’s b.f. maiz speaker, contact Randolph at or 724-852-3473.