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Poet Jeannette Barnes to Read at Cavanaugh Lecture Feb. 17

Released: 02/11/2011

Jeannette Barnes, whose poems have garnered 12 national or state awards, will read from her collected works at the first Cavanaugh Lecture of the spring semester Thursday (Feb. 17) at 7 p.m. in the Alexandria Museum of Art. The Cavanaugh Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public, is administered by the Department of Arts, English and Humanities at LSU Alexandria.

Barnes, who was reared in Virginia, the British West Indies and Colorado, earned a degree in English from the University of West Florida and a master’s in library information science from the University of Alabama. She was a master class working scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont and the Westchester Poetry Festival in Pennsylvania.

Barnes’ latest awards are the Princemere Prize for her poem “Wage” and the William Stafford Award for “Luscious.” Her work was recently featured in the 100th anniversary of “Pen and Brush’s” celebration in New York.

Barnes is a medical reference librarian for the VA Medical Center in Alexandria.

The Cavanaugh Lecture Series is named after Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, former LSUA chancellor.