Poet/essayist to kick off URI’s READ/WRITE reading series

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KINGSTON, R.I.–September 15, 2009— American poet-essayist Alfred Corn will kick off the University of Rhode Island’s annual READ/WRITE reading series Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Swan Hall, Hoffmann Room 154, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston. His talk, like all events in the series, is free and open to the public.

Corn is the author of nine books of poems, including Stake: Selected Poems, 1972-1992, which appeared in 1999, followed by Contradictions, which appeared in 2002, which was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. He has also published a novel, Part of His Story, and two collections of critical essays.

Corn has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, an Award in Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine.

For many years he taught in the Graduate Writing Program of the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City and has held visiting posts at UCLA, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State, Sarah Lawrence, Yale, and the University of Tulsa.

His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and The Nation, Poetry London, and The Wolf. He also writes art criticism for Art in America and ARTnews magazines. In 2004-2005, he held the Amy Clampitt residency in Lenox, Mass. In 2005-2006, he lived in London, teaching a course for the Poetry School, and one for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton, Devon. He divides his time between London and the U.S.

Save the following dates for upcoming READ/WRITE readings, more details will follow:

Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.: A special URI Faculty Colloquium will feature English Prof. Mary Cappello who will read from her new memoir Called Back in Swan Hall Auditorium.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.: Poet-essayist-translator, Donald Revell to speak in Lippitt Hall, Room 402.

Revell is the author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently of The Bitter Withy (2009) and A Thief of Strings (2007), both from Alice James Books. His many notable awards include the 2004 Lenore Marshall Award, twice the PEN Center USA Award in poetry, the Gertrude Stein Award, a PEN USA Award for Translation, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is also the author of four volumes of translations and two books of critical essays most recently The Art of Attention: A Poet‚s Eye (Graywolf, 2007). He is Professor of English and Creative Writing Director at UNLV.