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Award-winning poet Gerald Stern will visit Elizabethtown College

Apr 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Events, Features

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA  – Award-winning poet Gerald Stern will visit Elizabethtown College Thursday, April 8. The English Department sponsors a reading at 7 p.m. in the Leffler Chapel and Performance Center, Musser Auditorium.

Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1925 and attended Pittsburgh and Columbia universities. He has authored 15 books of poetry including, “This Time: New and Selected Poems,” which won the National Book Award in 1998. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for the State of Pennsylvania, the Lamont Poetry Prize and the Ruth Lilly Prize.

He was the first Poet Laureate of New Jersey, serving from 2000 to 2002, and was the recipient of the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry and the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for poetry. He has been published in major magazines and newspapers including “The New Yorker,” “The New Republic,” “The Nation and The Atlantic.” In 2006 Stern was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. A new book of poems titled “Save the Last Dance” was released in 2008 from W. W. Norton and Company, and a first volume of his collected poems titled “Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992” will be released by Norton in 2010.

Contact: Jesse Waters at 717-361-3762

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