Randall Horton is the author of the poetry collections "The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street" and "The Definition of Place" and is the current editor of "Reverie: Midwest African American Literature" and the poetry editor of Willow Books. An excerpt from his memoir titled Roxbury appears in chapbook form with Kattywompus Press, and his creative and critical work has appeared in "Callaloo," "Sou’wester," "Caduceus 9," and "The Offending Adam: A Journal of New Writing and Poetics." His poetry collection, "Pitch Dark Anarchy," is forthcoming in Fall 2012. Horton has been awarded the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets, and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. He is assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven and holds an MFA in Poetry from Chicago State University and a PhD in Creative Writing from SUNY Albany. Funding for this event is provided by the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series.