Michael Skau, poet, writer of literary criticism, and emeritus professor of English at University of Nebraska at Omaha, will read from his book "Me and God" tomorrow on campus.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room on the second floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, according to The Poetry Menu, and is in honor of the publication of the book through Wayne State College Press.
According to the Nebraska Center for Writers, Skau, who taught at UNO from 1973 until 2011, studied under William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, and Allen Ginsberg at the Naropa Institute, and besides two books of literary criticism, "A Clown in the Grave: Complexities and Tensions in the Works of Gregory Corso" (1999) and "Constantly Risking Absurdity: The Writings of Lawrence Ferlinghetti" (1989), Skau has published short stories and more than 100 poems in literary journals such as Carolina Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Midland Review, Midwest Quarterly, Northwest Review, Romanticist, South Carolina Review, and Texas Review.
His published articles include "Beat Generation" in the Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs (1988) and "The Central Verbal System: The Prose of William S. Burroughs" in the Fall 1981 issue of Style.
Skau's academic specialties include 20th Century American and English literature, especially Beat poetry; Beat Generation writers; and English literature. He received his undergraduate and advanced degrees in Illinois.