SMU will host a memorial celebration for English Professor Jack Myers at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. A reception will immediately follow at 4:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom, featuring an interactive retrospective on Myers’ life and work.
Myers died Nov. 30 at his Mesquite home. He taught English in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences from 1975 until spring 2008.
He received many honors for his work, including being selected as poet laureate of Texas in 2003-04. He was also co-founder (with his wife, Thea Temple) of the Writer’s Garret in Dallas.
The author of 18 books of and about poetry, including Routine Heaven and The Portable Poetry Workshop, Myers won the 2001 Violet Crow Award for best literary book in Texas for The Glowing River. His 1985 collection, As Long As You’re Happy, won the National Poetry Series.
Memorials may be made to the Writer’s Garret, PO Box 140530, Dallas TX 75214-0530.