Sean Thomas Dougherty, 35th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

Author/Artist Bio

Sean Thomas Dougherty is an “underground/sound.” Known for his electrifying performances, Dougherty was raised in a politically radical, interracial family by an African-American stepfather and a mother of Eastern-European Jewish descent. He is the author or editor of 12 books across genre including the forthcoming All I Ask for Is Longing (2014) and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010). He has received two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. He currently works at a pool hall and teaches creative writing part-time at Cleveland State University. Dougherty argues that the ancient and honorable art of poetry is the language of peace. As he says, “Poetry is the opposite of barbed wire.”


Dougherty read on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.


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