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Nassar Poetry Prize Winner to Read at UC

LeFevre is Poet, Actor, Writer

Written by: Marissa Filletti '18, PR Intern

Adam LeFevre, winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, will read from his most recent book titled “A Swindler’s Grace,” at Utica College on Tuesday, April 11.

LeFevre, an Upstate New York native, has built his career as a poet, actor and writer. In addition to “A Swindler’s Grace,” he has authored two other poetry books titled “Everything All at Once,” and “Ghost Light.”

As an actor, he’s appeared in several well-known films such as Nicholas Spark’s “The Lucky One,” “Hitch” starring Will Smith and the comedic classic “She’s Out of My League.” His play “In the Blind” was turned into a short film in 2014, which won Lefevre several awards including Best Adaptive Screenplay at the Breckenridge Festival of Film.

"LeFevre's poems capture a working class spirit that seems endemic to upstate New York.  Like the area's residents, these poems are tough and hardscrabble, but--also like upstate New Yorkers--they're resilient and transcendent in their discovery of grace in the everyday and simple things of our lives," said Gary Leising, professor and chair of English at UC.

The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Carbone Family Auditorium located in the college’s Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building. A short reception will follow; it is free and open to everyone.

The Nassar Poetry Prize is named in honor of longtime and much loved Professor Emeritus of English and author Eugene Paul Nassar. Raised in Utica, Nassar taught at UC from 1964 until his retirement in 1999. He sat on many committees on campus, including Faculty Affairs and the Library Committee, in addition to organizing the Ethnic Heritage Studies Center at the college. Nassar also served on the liaison committee to help the college develop better relations with neighboring institutions. 

To be eligible for the prize, a work must be a book of poems in English, at least 48 pages long and must have been written by a resident of Upstate New York. All books entered in competition will be donated to the Utica College Library and the Utica Public Library.
For more information on this event or the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, contact Leising at (315) 223-2381 or gleisin@utica.edu.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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