Robinson Featured in New York Poetry Reading

Published on 08 February 2021

Eric Robinson, MFA, assistant professor of history at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, had his poem "How Hair Changes Before Expiration" performed in a New York reading hosted by the Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) in October as part of their Off the Page reading series.

The series features two performers reading selections from the latest BLR issue. The October event featured actor Erin Cherry, MFA, and poet Nkosi Nkululeko. Robinson’s poem was read alongside five other poems and two fiction pieces.

The poem also was highlighted in the foreword of the issue, written by Suzanne McConnell, for its meditation on the aging body — a theme Robinson explored in such a way that it engaged both young and mature readers alike.

"It impressed me that a younger man could impart meaning expressed within a poem from late in life," Robinson shared. "He made me hear my poem very differently from what I did at composition."

Listen to Nkosi Nkululeko read Robinson's poem "How Hair Changes Before Expiration" here.

The poem was published in the Bellevue Literary Review Issue 39.

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