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Kingston native Coffman to read poetry from new book

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Kingston native Lisa Coffman will be in Knoxville on Oct. 8 for a poetry reading from her new book, “Less Obvious Gods,” published this past spring by Iris Press.  

The reading will start at 6 p.m. in Union Avenue Books at 517 Union Ave.

Coffman, a 1981 graduate of Roane County High School, lives in Los Osos, Calif., near the mission town of San Luis Obispo.

She teaches at California Polytechnic State University.

Her first published poetry collection, “Likely,” received the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University Press.

Coffman’s poetry has has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

She is the daughter of Don and Una Coffman of Kingston.