Friday, September 30, 2011

Free Public Poetry Reading in October by US Poet Laureate!

Several upcoming cultural events not to be missed, Pulitzer prize winning poet, W.S. Merwin, who was named the 17th Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, is coming to Kent for several events, one of which is a free reading by the poet. At 2 pm on October 10th, there will be a dedication of an exhibit at the Kent State Library featuring prints from Merwin's long career. Later that evening, at 7:30 pm, there will be the public poetry reading in the Kent State Ballroom. They day before the reading, the director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State, David Hassler, will be leading a discussion on a selection of Merwin's works at 7:30pm at the Kent Free Library.

According to his Wikipedia page, W.S Merwin is credited with over 30 books of poetry, prose, and translation. He's won numerous awards for his writings and his career spans over six decades. At the age of 84, it is said he is as prolific as he ever has been. The University of Illinois has a selection of his poetry online, a section entitled "Modern American Poetry." The Poetry Foundation maintains a detailed biography as well as a bibliography of his works. This event should be a valuable experience for anyone in our community!

A special thanks to Kent Patch for making me aware of this event!

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