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UM library Brown Bag lecture to examine poetry of Sterling Plump

Corey Taylor, associate professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will discuss “Blues, Bebop and Black History: Poetry and Prose of the Sterling Plumpp Collection”during a brown bag event Friday at the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library.

The free lecture is slated for noon in the Department of Archives and Special Collections’ Faulkner Room. Attendees are invited to bring and enjoy their lunch during the presentation.

A Clinton native, Plumpp is known as one of the country’s most distinguished blues-jazz poets.

Taylor spent a sabbatical at UM, where he worked with Plumpp’s papers in the archives. He plans to talk about that experience and the musical influences in Plumpp’s poetry.

The event also will provide an inside look into the university’s archival collection, said Jennifer Ford, head of the Department of Archives and Special Collections.

“It will give people the sense of the depth of research possibilities in Special Collections,” she said. “This lecture focuses on what you can learn about Plumpp and his work from our own collections at this university.”

The lecture is a part of the university’s Black History Month observance. Some items from the Sterling Plumpp Collection will be on display for the next few months on the second floor of the library.

For questions or assistance related to a disability, contact Jennifer Ford at jwford@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7408.