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Writers Institute to Present First Visiting Writer

Sept. 18, 2008

The Writers Institute at Susquehanna University will begin its 2008 Visiting Writers Series with a reading by poet and essayist Forrest Gander Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall.

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 also a 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, professor of English and creative writing at Susquehanna University.

Gander is the first of seven visiting writers who will present readings on campus during the 2008-09 academic year. The reading is free and open to the public, and 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 Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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