Acclaimed American Poet and Translator Holds Reading for Working Writers Series

September 19th, 2013 by 


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David Ferry, acclaimed American poet and translator, will be conducting a reading on Thursday, September 26 in the Rehm Library at 7:30 p.m. The English department’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the series. The event is free and open to the public.

Ferry, a New Jersey native, has won the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Bingham Poetry Prize, and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress for his poetry. He was also a finalist for the L.L. Winship/Pen New England Award and the New Yorker Book Award. His notable poetry works include “Dwelling Places” (University of Chicago Press, 1993) and “Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations” (University of Chicago Press, 1999). Another poem, “Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations” (University of Chicago Press, 2012), won the National Book Award for Poetry.

Along with being a poet, Ferry is also a translator of some of the world’s major works of poetry, including “The Odes of Horace” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998), “The Eclogues” (Penguin Classics, 1984), and “Georgics of Virgil” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006).

The 2013-14 Working Writers Series will continue the spring semester with the following panel:

  • Thursday, October 24 – Lee Martin, discussion of the writer’s craft and reading
  • Thursday, November 14 – Dror Burstein, reading sponsored with the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture
  • Thursday, November 21 – Junot Diaz, reading sponsored with the Jenks Chaur of Contemporary American Letters

For additional information, please contact Bridget Cass at 508-793-2419.

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