October 11, 2016
Esteemed poet and educator Stephen Dunn will hold a reading of selected works at Susquehanna University on Nov. 1. The reading, which is presented by the Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series in partnership with the Institute of Lifelong Learning, begins at 11 a.m. in Degenstein Center Theater.
Dunn has published more than 20 works of poetry and prose. Among them are Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs; Local Time, chosen as a "Notable Book" of the year by the American Library Association; and New and Selected Poems: 1974-1994, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2000 book Different Hours won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In addition to his books, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Georgia Review, the American Poetry Review and several other publications.
Dunn has taught at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey since 1974 and is a distinguished professor of creative writing. He has also been a visiting professor at New York and Columbia universities, as well as the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.
The Miami Herald wrote that Dunn's poetry "helps make the landscape of all of our lives more livable-quietly, unobtrusively, he has taken his place among our major, indispensable poets."
"The art lies in hiding the art," says former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. "Stephen Dunn has proven himself a master of concealment. His honesty would not be so forceful were it not for his discrete formality; his poems would not be so strikingly naked were they not so carefully dressed."