Joplin, MO (SNS) – The Saltzman Visiting Writers Series will present a reading by poet Melissa Range at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Spiva Library Reading Room (Room 412) at Missouri Southern State University.

Originally from East Tennessee, Range is currently an assistant professor of English at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Her first book of poems, “Horse and Rider,” won the 2010 Walt McDonald Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, Image, New England Review, The Paris Review, Subtropics and other journals. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Discovery/ The Nation Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Antiquarian Society and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Dustin Faulstick, assistant professor of English and philosophy, said it will be exciting to have a successful poet visit campus.

“There will be an opportunity for her to meet with students that day, hold an impromptu workshop and discussion for those interested in creative writing,” he said.

The Saltzman Visiting Writers Series was established by Missouri Southern’s Department of English and Philosophy in 2008 in honor of Professor Art Saltzman.

A beloved colleague and teacher, Saltzman taught in the department for over 25 years.  He also published six books of literary criticism and four volumes of lyrical essays before his sudden death in 2008; an additional book of his creative nonfiction appeared posthumously.

Range will be the ninth author to present a reading at Southern as part of this ongoing series, which brings contemporary poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction to the Joplin community.