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LETU To Host Poetry Reading, Book Signing of Compton's New Book Nov. 14



compton-book.jpgLeTourneau University’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences within the College of Education, Arts and Sciences is hosting a book release party to celebrate Dr. Randall Compton’s new 78-page book of poetry,    “The Sky’s Larger Frame,” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the atrium of the Education Building on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.

The event will include a poetry reading by Compton of selections of his work, along with a question and answer period and a book signing by the author. Light snacks will be served. Books will be available for purchase at $12 per book.  The book also is available on The event is free and open to the public.

The back cover of the book reads, “This three-part volume sounds out a cycle that delights in creation, despairs over evil, and longs for restoration. Tracing life's dualities, these poems press together faith and uncertainty, love and loss, dream and waking, depression and exuberance. Locating humanity between the immense and the slight, ‘The Sky's Larger Frame’ explores the world as a construction site in which God both reveals and conceals the scaffolds of his presence.”

Compton has been writing poetry for 30 years.  Terry Dalrymple, professor of literature and creative writing at Angelo State University praises Compton’s work.

“His ear for language, for exactly the right word in exactly the right place, is nearly flawless, and every poem, no matter its subject, conveys deep, heart-felt love of the world in which we live,” Dalrymple writes.  “At the same time his work recognizes heartbreak, deterioration, and doubt, it maintains a stubborn and welcome sense of love, growth, and hope."

Compton teaches writing and literature at LeTourneau University since 2007.  He also serves as a guiding and founding faculty member in LETU’s Liberal Arts Guild, a vibrant, critically thinking community of students who engage in specialized courses and immersive experiences to challenge themselves in the core academic disciplines. “Southwestern American Literature,” “Concho River Review” and “St. Katherine’s Review” are among the many of the journals in which Compton’s work has appeared.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit


Categories: English, Humanities, TheGuild