Shel Silverstein

Joseph Thomas, director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature at San Diego State University, will deliver a talk at Pomona College on the noted children's author, poet, songwriter and illustrator Shel Silverstein. The lecture is titled "The Devil's Favorite Pet: Shel Silverstein, an American Iconoclast," and will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 4:15 p.m.

Thomas has published Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry, which was the Children's Literature Association's Honor Book in 2009, and a book of poetry titled Strong Measures. He is working on an analytical biography of Silverstein.

The talk will be held in Crookshank 108 (Pomona College, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). For more information, contact:

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