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Poet, ’01 Graduate in Spotlight

Poet and author Austin MacRae, a 2001 Keuka College graduate, will return to his alma mater Tuesday, Sept. 18, to read from his works.

Part of the College’s Spotlight Series, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library. It is free and open to the public.

MacRae’s most recent work, The Organ Builder, was recently published by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. Professor of English Bob Darling says the anthology “provides further proof that Austin MacRae is one of the finest poets of his generation, and his work is accessible and challenging. The Organ Builder is both a fruition of a love affair with language and a promise of work to come.”

Poet Bruce Bennett, professor of English and director of creative writing at Wells College, says MacRae’s “dedication to craft of all sorts is evident in The Organ Builder, but so too is dedication to thought, close observation, and having something important to say about our shared humanity. Austin MacRae has written an impressive book.”

Born and raised in Cortland, MacRae still lives in the city, and earned his master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. He serves as an adjunct instructor of English at Tompkins Cortland Community College, and as literary editor of Free Inquiry magazine.

His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, 32 Poems, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Stone Canoe, Unsplendid, Measure, The Formalist, and Red Jacket, Keuka College’s literary magazine, among others. He is the author of two chapbook collections, The Second Rose and Graceways, and three other anthologies: Mowing, Guns ‘n Roses, and Margin.

MacRae was a finalist for the Morton Marr Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poems are included in such anthologies as Villanelles, The Best of the Barefoot Muse, and Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets.

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