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Drury’s poet laureate to take on new role promoting literacy

For Immediate Release: April 21

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Dr. Laurie Edmondson
Associate Professor of Education
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 21, 2010 — Drury University’s poet laureate David Harrison will continue to expand his role promoting literacy to students by increasing his presence as a member of Drury’s School of Education and Child Development.

Currently, Harrison promotes literacy through community-based projects such as Reading Roundup, Sky High on Reading and the Family Voices project. He hopes to further his initiative by engaging in web conferencing with students across the United States. Harrison will also continue to write and publish books, conduct school visits and involve Drury students in writing and poetry events as a way to promote reading on campus.

Already, Harrison publishes articles in national news publications and presents at national conferences including: National Conferences of Alpha Chi College Honorary Society, National Conference for Teachers of English, International Reading Association and the American Library Association.

His upcoming works include “Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones,” a nonfiction book about the first people to migrate to this continent; “Oh, Honey!” a nonfiction history of the honeybee and the human connection; “A Monster is Coming!” a picture book for emerging readers; and two new collections of poetry.

Drury renewed Harrison’s position as Drury’s poet laureate in 2008.

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