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Ed Pavlić will read from his new book of poetry, “Visiting Hours at the Color Line,” published in July 2013 by Milkweed Editions.Pavlić is the author of five books of poetry. He has been awarded the Honickman First Book Prize, which is judged by Adrienne Rich, and is a National Poetry Series award winner, in addition to receiving fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard College. Prominent in the field of African and African American research, Pavlić is also widely respected for his scholarly works. Pavlić is professor of English at UGA.Pavlic’s new book, "Visiting Hours at the Color Line," attempts to complicate this black and white, straight-line feature of our collective imagination, and to map its nonlinear, deeply colored timbres and hues. From daring prose poems to powerful free verse, Pavlic’s lines are musically infused, bearing tones of soul, R&B, and jazz. They join the influence of James Baldwin with a postmodern consciousness the likes of Samuel Beckett, tracking the experiences of American characters through situations both mundane and momentous. The resulting poems are intense—at times even violent—ambitious, and psychological, making "Visiting Hours at the Color Line" a poetic tour de force.