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September 19, 2008
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Award-winning poet opens Writers Series with reading

Forrest Gander
The Writers Institute will kick off the 2008 Visiting Writers Series with a reading by poet and essayist Forrest Gander on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.

A question and answer session with Gander will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the faculty lounge in Seibert Hall for students who are interested in writing.

Gander is the author of several books of poetry, including "Eye Against Eye," "Torn Awake" and "Science & Steepflower," and recently published his first novel, "As a Friend."

In addition, Gander is a celebrated translator of poetry and an editor.

His books have been described as "unflinchingly curious" by the New York Times and "relentlessly experimental" by the Washington Post.

His awards include two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative North American Poetry and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.
Gander currently teaches at Brown University.

"When I was first introduced to Forrest Gander's writing as an undergraduate, I was immediately hooked by the sensual and intellectual quality of his poems," said Karla Kelsey, assistant professor of English and creative writing.

Gander is the first of seven visiting writers who will present readings on campus during the 2008-09 academic year.

Books by Gander will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.
The next reading will be given by authors Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.

For more information about programs sponsored by the Writers Institute and future events,


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