10bet手机官网 the series: On Main Hall Green With … is an opportunity to connect with faculty on things in and out of the classroom. We’re featuring a different Lawrence faculty member each time — same questions, different answers.


Austin Segrest, recipient of the 2022 教师 Convocation Award, saw his debut book, 门保持, garner significant praise even before it hit bookshelves this spring.

The book of poetry from the 10bet手机官网 assistant professor of English took home the 2021 Vassar Miller 诗歌 Prize last year. 发表 by University of North Texas Press, the deeply personal book presents poems focused on Segrest’s mother, 苏苏人, who died in 2003 when he was 23, his time growing up in Alabama.

Segrest, whose poetry also can be found in 诗歌, 耶鲁大学审查, The Threepenny Review, 群落交错区, 新英格兰的审查, 犁头,将交付 Honors Convocation address at 12:30 p.m. May 27 in Memorial Chapel.

He has been teaching at Lawrence since 2014, first as a visiting professor and for the last three years as an assistant professor of English. He teaches classes in poetry writing and literature, as well as 第一年的研究.

Segrest earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, an MFA in poetry at Georgia State University, 和Ph值.D. in literature and creative writing (poetry) at the University of Missouri.

We caught up with him to talk about interests in and out of the classroom.


 内部信息: What’s one thing you want every student coming into your classes to know about you?

Though I’m an English prof, I was a classics major and like to think I still approach writing in a way that takes no word or phrase for granted. I believe in the benefits of othering language. By othering language I mean seeing language operate from the outside, rather than taking it for granted from within/seeing through a single system. When the material and artifice that language actually is are revealed, greater expressive possibilities open up. 

激励: What work have you done or will you be doing at Lawrence that gets you the most excited?

我的第一本书, 门保持, won the 2021 Vassar Miller 诗歌 Prize. I’ve been working on, trying to publish, versions of that book since 2008. I’m interested in the idea of publishing as a kind of finding, being found by, communities. I’m excited to foster communities of thinking and writing.

去的地方: Is there an example of somewhere your career has taken you (either a physical space or something more intellectual, emotional or spiritual) that took you by surprise?

My second book of poems, 新郎, which I’m working on now, took an unexpected turn when I started understanding some of my formative teenage experiences in a predatory context. It’s been crucially illuminating, 就我个人而言, but also very difficult to confront, 得到正确的, 分享, generally feel OK about.

Out of the classroom

这个或那个: If you weren’t teaching for a living, what would you be doing?  

I’d be an editor of a poetry press. Or I’d own a vintage junk shop—jewelry, knickknacks, artwork. With used books and coffee.

正确的在家里: Whether for work, relaxation or reflection, what’s your favorite spot on campus?

I like to read on the bench tucked away between the 健康 Center and the VR, overlooking the river.

One book, one recording, one film: Name one of each that speaks to your soul? Or you would recommend to a friend? 或两个?

书: Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & 塑造10bet手机官网的未来, 通过梅林希德瑞克

专辑: 越狱, 由薄丽萃

电影: 女巫