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ODU Poet Tim Seibles Appears On CSPAN2's Book TV

Tim Seibles, poet and associate professor of creative writing at Old Dominion University, contributed an essay to the anthology, "A Better Man: True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man," and participated in a reading from the book that was recorded for the cable program Book TV, and aired most recently on Jan. 3.

"Better Man," edited by Kelly Johnson, an attorney, writer and mother who has written for national parenting magazines, is a collection of first-person narratives from prominent male role models in various fields. According to the editor, the messages are designed to offer guidance to young men on how to become responsible, respectable men.

"The most important thing to me about the project was the chance to reach people who I would never meet, particularly boys from the inner city, to establish a lifeline with kids whose circumstances in many respects are discouraging - to be able to give a young man a look at one set of possibilities that made a successful life possible," Seibles said, explaining why he elected to contribute an essay to the collection.

Seibles' essay, "Hard-headed," discusses navigating the turf wars of his childhood in the "dog town" neighborhood of Philadelphia. For the Book TV program, he reads an excerpt from his essay and shares anecdotal experiences about how creative writing changed his life.

Participants who joined Seibles at the July event and who also contributed to the book included former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, actor Tim Reid, retired Adm. Leighton Smith, Virginia Supreme Court Justice Harry Carrico and former Vietnam POW Paul Galanti. Additional contributors to the collection include former President George H.W. Bush, current and former NBA stars Ray Allen and Dominique Wilkins, and civil rights leader Andrew Young.

The event, taped at the St. Christopher's Boys School in Richmond, can be viewed here at CSPAN2 online.

This article was posted on: January 6, 2010

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