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High School Students Invited to UNH Workshop With Award-winning Poet

Release Date:
4/26/2012 9:00 PM

April 26, 2011

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- High school students around the state are invited to a special poetry workshop on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of New Haven.

The workshop, taught by UNH Assistant Professor of English Randall Horton, an award-winning poet, and Samatha Thornhill, an author, poet and performer, will take place in the Moulton Lounge in Bartels Hall on the UNH main campus, located at 300 Boston Post Road in West Haven.

The free workshop includes lunch and a campus tour.

Horton, the author of two books of poetry and a memoir as well four anthologies for children, is the winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and the Bea González Prize for Poetry by "Stone Canoe," a journal of arts and ideas published by University College of Syracuse University. He also recently was awarded a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  

Trinidadian-born Thornhill teaches poetry to first year acting students at the Juilliard School in New York City.  She is the author of the young adult novel, “Seventeen Seasons,” which is forthcoming from Penguin Books.

Thornhill has a master’s degree in fine arts in poetry from the University of Virginia, where she coached the Virginia Slam poetry team for two years.

She is a member of the Black on Black Rhyme and Cave Canem, two orgainzations that promote poetry.

For more information or to register to attend, contact Horton at

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.