SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Author Kevin Minor will read from and discuss his work to lead off Seton Hall University’s Poetry-in-the-Round series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 in the faculty lounge.

Nathan Oates, a Seton Hall English professor and director of the series, said that Minor’s collection “Praying Drunk” is “one of the most interesting and moving books” he’s read this year.

“It launches his work onto a whole new level of mastery,” Oates said.

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Oates said this year’s events will feature fiction writers, a poet and a biographer.

“I try to bring writers whose work I admire, but also I am trying to bring writers who will entertain our audience and be of interest to the students and the larger community,” Oates said.

This year’s lineup includes the following:

  • D.T. Max: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Faculty Lounge
  • Michael Kardos: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 7 p.m., Faculty Lounge
  • Sam Lipsyte: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Chancellor’s Suite
  • Julia Fiedorczuk: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7 p.m., Faculty Lounge

In the past, Seton Hall University has played host to renowned writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow and C.K. Williams, as well as those beginning their careers such Ben Lerner, according to Oates.

All Poetry-in-the-Round events are free and open to the public. The Faculty Lounge is on the second floor of the student center.

The reporter is a student participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University’s Department of Communication and the Arts.