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February 01, 2008
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Praised writer set to visit Susquehanna

James Harms
James Harms will read as part of The Writers Institute's Visiting Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Harms is the author of several collections of poetry from Carnegie-Mellon University Press, including "Modern Ocean," "The Joy Addict," "Quarters" and "Freeways & Aqueducts."

His newest collection, "After West," is set to be published in March.

"Harms is one of those poets who has the writer's equivalent of hand-eye coordination. In this case, eyes and ears, what every good writer needs," said Gary Fincke, director of the Writers Institute.

Harms' poems, essays and short stories have appeared in many renowned literary journals, including the Kenyon Review, Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Verse and American Poetry Review.

Harms has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship.

He has held residencies at MacDowell Writers' Colony, Yaddo and Bread Loaf, and he has received grants from the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state arts agencies.
Currently, Harms directs the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at West Virginia University.

This semester, he is serving as the 27th poet-in-residence at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.

"Harms is tender and colloquial but never too far from elegant," The Missouri Review wrote in a review of Harms' earlier collection, "The Joy Addict."

Harms is the third of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2007-08 school year.

The reading is free and open to the public, and books by Harms will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

The next reading hosted by The Writers Institute will be given by Bernard Cooper on Feb. 18 at 4:15 p.m.


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