LAWTON - Cameron’s University’s Festival X Reading Series, held in conjunction with the university’s current academic festival, “American Identities in the 21st Century,” continues on Saturday, March 17, with poet Jenny Cropp Mackenzie.

Mackenzie will read selections from her works at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton, 816 W. Gore Blvd., starting at 6:30 p.m. Following her reading, there will be an open mic opportunity for others who wish to read their work.  The event is open to the public at no charge.

A Lawton native, Mackenzie is the author of the poetry collection “String Theory,” a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and the chapbook “Hanging the Moon.” Her latest chapbook, “Not a Bird or a Flower,” is forthcoming from Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Poemeleon. Her creative nonfiction is forthcoming in the anthology Voices from the Heartland, vol. 2, from the University of Oklahoma Press.

She is an Assistant Professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where she teaches creative writing and small press publishing and serves as the poetry editor for Big Muddy.