Poet Ada Limón visited campus Wednesday as part of The University of Scranton Reading Series. Born in California, Limón lived in New York City for a number of years, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University and studied under acclaimed poet Phillip Levine.
She has received various awards, was a judge for the National Book Award in poetry and has published three books of poetry: Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World and Sharks in the Rivers. These collections explore various poetic impulses with a diverse use of style.
Limón’s upcoming collection, “Bright Dead Things,” chronicles, among other things, her recent move to Kentucky. She described the collection as being about “love, sex, death and horses.” Before the reading, she met with students from The University to discuss her writing process and engage in friendly conversation regarding poetry as a subject.
At the reading, Limón presented ten poems that discussed various subjects including femininity, death, childhood and relationships. In these poems, she displayed the great emotional power and range of her poetry, which was both comedic and moving. Throughout the reading, she provided interesting and entertaining commentary on her work and thoroughly engaged her audience. The reading provided a rewarding experience for those in attendance.