A Joe you may not know

CrowleyI’ll always think of Joe Crowley as the UNR president, but now that he’s retired he’s able to be much more. A poet, for example.

His debut poetry collection, “Hats off to the Cap,” was released by Baobab Press April 12, and he’ll be reading selected work from it at from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music Wednesday, April 27.

Crowley has authored five books and co-edited a sixth, but this is his first collection of poems. According to the Sundance news release, it opens with “poems about a childhood in Iowa, which provides the backdrop for enduring life-lessons: the feeling of home, the value of a quick wit and responses to injustice. The book ends with a meditation on retirement and what it means to be in the final chapters of one’s life. This capacious, wide-ranging book is charged with playfulness, history, deep insight, and a passion for language.”