NORMAN, Ok. – The Norman Arts Council is pleased to invite all to hear poet Quincy R. Lehr on August 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery.

Quincy R. Lehr was born and spent his early years in Norman, Oklahoma. His poems and criticism have appeared in numerous journals in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, and the Czech Republic, and his critically acclaimed first collection, Across the Grid of Streets, was published in 2008. Fiona Sampson declared in the Irish Times that Lehr's poems "demonstrate much energy and narrative talent," while David Yezzi of the New Criterion declared, "The match of Quincy's remarkable poems in such a handsome edition is exquisite, and the poems display Lehr's unflinching intelligence and sharp-edged wit.”

His second collection, Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock, is currently in production and is due for release later this year. Quincy is currently associate editor of the Raintown Review and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he has a doctorate in American History from Columbia University and is an assistant professor in history at St Joseph’s College, Brooklyn.

Lehr has other ties to the Norman Arts Council. He is long-time friends with NAC board member Michael Bendure.

“Quincy is one of the most intelligent and interesting persons mined out of Norman in the past 20 years. His unfiltered writing combines historical context with a sharp, modern perspective. His are the words of gritty observation and dark rumination that call out to the corners and shadowy places in each of us – and draw us in for more,” Bendure said.

The August 4th reading will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm, the poetry at 7:00 pm, and a reception following.

For more information on Lehr’s visit, contact the Norman Arts Council at 405-360-1162 or


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