Mount Mercy College will welcome acclaimed essayist and poet Michael Dennis Browne for a special poetry Q&A and musical performance titled “Words and Music,” on February 25. The Q&A begins at 3:30 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, and the special musical performance with the Mount Mercy College Choir begins at 7:30 in Stello Performance Hall, Warde Hall.
The evening performance will provide a unique blend of poetry and music alongside the Mount Mercy College Choir. The Choir will present The Road Home, Hymn for America, Carol of the Candle, and Silver the River. Music is arranged by Stephen Paulus, with poetry provided by Browne.
Browne is a distinguished professor of English at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he has also written numerous texts for music, working principally with composers Stephen Paulus and John Foley S.J. Browne has recently published What the Poem Wants.
Mount Mercy offers numerous Happenings on the Hill cultural affairs events each year, including plays, lectures, forums, and exhibits, which are free and open to the community. Series such as the Race and Gender Speaker Series and the Barbara Knapp Speaker Series offer resources on business-related topics of interest and perspectives on the global and local issues of race, gender, minorities, and cultural differences.