Former Cincinnati poet laureate Manuel Iris will visit UC Clermont Oct. 18. (Submitted photos)
Former Cincinnati poet laureate Manuel Iris will visit UC Clermont Oct. 18. (Submitted photos)
Following a year of virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Cincinnati Clermont College will welcome two accomplished authors to the college’s Batavia campus this fall.  
Poet Manuel Iris will visit the college Oct. 18. Iris, a Mexican poet living in the United States, served as poet laureate of the city of Cincinnati from 2018-2020.

Iris received the Merida, Mexico’s national award of poetry, in 2009 for his book “Notebook of Dreams” and the Rodulfo Figueroa Regional Award of Poetry for “The Disguises of Fire” in 2014. His first bilingual anthology of poems, “Traducir el Silencio/Translating Silence,” (Artepoetica Press) was published in 2018.

Iris has published poetry, essay and translation in magazines and literary journals around the world. He has also given talks, lectures and poetry readings at literary events, academic conferences and cultural centers throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe. Iris holds a Ph.D. in romance languages from UC and resides in Cincinnati.  
Iris will be on campus Oct. 18 for a conversation with the poet at 9:05 a.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 230, followed by a reading and book signing at 11:15 a.m. in the UC Clermont Library, located in the Peters-Jones Building.?
Then, on Nov. 15, UC Clermont will welcome author and former UC Clermont English Professor Joel Peckham.

Peckham has published nine collections of poetry and nonfiction, including “Bone Music” (SFAU, 2021), “MUCH” (Uncollected Press, 2021), “Body Memory” (New Rivers, 2017) and Resisting Elegy (Chicago Review Press, 2012). Individual poems and essays have appeared in a number of renowned literary journals. He is also co-editor of the anthology, “Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in American Poetry and Prose” (New Rivers, 2021).

Currently, Peckham is an associate professor of regional literature and creative writing at Marshall University. 
Peckham will visit UC Clermont Nov. 15 for a conversation with the author at 9:05 the Student Services Building, Room 230, followed by a publishing roundtable with UC Clermont English professors Kim Jacobs-Beck and Phoebe Reeves at 10:10 a.m. in the college library. A reading and book signing will take place at 11:15 a.m., also in the library.

“The UC Clermont Poetry Series has been bringing local and national poets to the college for almost 15 years to read from their work, talk with audiences and conduct master classes,” said Reeves. “We’re so happy to have these events taking place in-person at our beautiful college this fall.

“After a long year of virtual events and isolation, we hope these events will give students and community members a chance to reconnect with each other and with the arts. We invite anyone who needs a break from the everyday or seeks a connection with a community of writers to join us.” 
All Poetry Series events are open to the public. Current CDC health guidelines will be followed for the events, and masks are required inside campus buildings. UC Clermont is located at 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103.  

UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful wooded acres in Batavia Township. The college is an accredited, open-access institution offering more than 50 programs and degrees. UC Clermont is part of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-732-5200 or visit