WAMFEST 2012 Brings Author Michael Gray to FDU

Madison, N.J. (March 26, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University’s WAMFEST 2012 (The Words and Music Festival) presents author Michael Gray on “Bob Dylan & the Poetry of Blues,” on Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall. Gray will be in conversation with WAMFEST artist in residence and FDU visiting writer, Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding). This event is free and open to the public. 

Gray is a critic, writer, public speaker, and broadcaster who is recognized as an authority on the work of Bob Dylan and as an expert on rock ’n’ roll history. His pioneering study, “Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan,” published in the United Kingdom in 1972, was the first full-length critical study of Dylan’s work. Gray also published the “Bob Dylan Encyclopedia” in 2006. That book won the International Association of Music Libraries’ C.B. Oldman Prize for an outstanding work of reference and research. 

Gray’s book, “Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell,” was shortlisted for the 2008 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography and was awarded an Association for Recorded Sound Collection Certificate of Merit in 2010 for a work of exceptional quality.

WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by FDU’s Becton College and the Creative Writing Program that brings successful artists of various genres to the Madison campus to inspire and inform students who hope to one day follow in these artists’ creative footsteps. WAMFEST is an ongoing celebration and exploration of the relationship between creative writing and the popular arts; it brings together artists from various fields for unique conversations, collaborations, and performances. Recent guests have included, among many others, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Rosanne Cash, Paul Muldoon, and Eugene Mirman. WAMFEST has recently been singled out for recognition of its groundbreaking programming by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Admission to WAMFEST 2012 is free; however, due to space limitations, reservations are recommended. For more information, visit WAMFEST’s blog at http://wamfest.wordpress.com or contact David Daniel at ddaniel@fdu.edu. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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