Georgia Poetry Circuit brings Mario Chard to TU

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Poet Mario Chard will be the featured speaker at Thomas University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, as part of the Georgia Poetry Circuit. The event will be held in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

Chard was born in northern Utah. The son of an Argentine immigrant mother and an American father, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Weber State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Purdue University. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Chard is the author of “Land of Fire” (Tupelo Press, 2018), selected by Robert Pinsky for the 2016 Dorset Prize, named a 2018 Notable Debut by Poets & Writers Magazine, and chosen as the winner of the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry.

His poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Chard’s work has been honored with various awards, including the “Discovery” Poetry Prize. He teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and sons.

Founded at Mercer University in 1985, the Georgia Poetry Circuit is a consortium of 10 Georgia colleges and universities working together to bring three poets of national and international repute to all member campuses each year. This provides important access to the literary arts for Georgia residents across the state.

At each school, each circuit poet gives a free and open reading of his/her work. Visiting poets also meet with creative writing students at each campus for workshops, talks or extended question-and-answer sessions. In addition to the opportunity to hear work from diverse writers, circuit events provide Georgia students with an immensely valuable educational opportunity for interaction with excellent contemporary poets in the United States.

The event is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU). For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email

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