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Ivy Tech - Bloomington hosts book signing event


March 24, 2009  

 Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington faculty member, Emily Bobo, Ph.D., has just released a short book of poems titled Fugue, published by Lost Horse Press and Eastern Washington University Press in an anthology called New Poets/Short Books, Vol. III, edited by Marvin Bell.

A book signing and reading event – a Book Release Affair – will be held at Ivy Tech – Bloomington on March 30, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Lamkin Hall. The reading begins at 4 p.m. and a book signing and reception will follow. Bobo says that Fugue can best be described as, “a recovering musician’s break up with her piano.”

In Fugue, Bobo writes:

            “She never got Bach right. She couldn’t play Bach angry. She couldn’t play Bach sad. /
            Those were the two ways she knew how to play. / Once, right after Ruth died, she had
            made an entire room weep.”

Bobo is an Assistant Professor of English in Ivy Tech’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has been with Ivy Tech for two years and currently teaches classes in Expository and Creative Writing. She is a leader in her department and actively engages students in learning outside the classroom. John Whikehart, Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor, says that he is pleased with Bobo’s recently published work. “This is yet another example of how our faculty continues to enrich classroom activities and discussions by participating in personal academic endeavors,” he said. “It is an honor that one of our faculty’s achievements is receiving national attention.”

Copies of Dr. Bobo’s book will be available for purchase at the Book Release Affair and can also be ordered at

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.