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March 11, 2002

Poets Carolyn Kizer and Miller Williams to Read Their Poems

On Thursday evening, March 21, poets Carolyn Kizer and Miller Williams will read their poems at the Library of Congress. The program, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will be at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Tickets are not required.

Carolyn Kizer, who served as the first director of the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1966 to 1970, is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently Cool, Calm & Collected: Poems, 1960-2000 (2001), published by Copper Canyon Press. Her other collections are Harping On: Poems 1985-1995 (1996); The Nearness of You: Poems for Men (1986); Yin (1984), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Mermaids in the Basement: Poems for Women (1984); Midnight Was My Cry: New and Selected Poems (1971); Knock upon Silence (1965); and The Ungrateful Garden (1961).

In 1959, Ms. Kizer founded the literary journal Poetry Northwest and served as its editor until 1965. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Frost Medal, the John Masefield Memorial Award, and the Theodore Roethke Memoriakl Poetry Award. She is a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in Sonoma, California, and Paris.

Miller Williams was the inaugural poet for the second inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton. Among the thirty books of which he is the author, editor, or translator are 14 collections of poetry, including Some Jazz a While: Collected Poems (1998), Ways We Touch (1997), Points of Departure (1995), Living on the Surface: New and Selected Poems (1989), and Why God Permits Evil (1977). His most recent book is Lives of Kelvin Fletcher: Stories Mostly Short (2002). His other books include a history of American railroads (with James Alan McPherson), translations from the work of Nicanor Parra and Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, critical works on John Crowe Ransom and John Ciardi, and a standard reference on prosodics.

Mr. Williams, who is university professor of English and foreign languages at the University of Arkansas, has served as visiting professor of U.S. literature at the University of Chile and as Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the National University of Mexico. For seven years he was a member of the poetry faculty at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. In 1976 he was made a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His work has been recognized by the Amy Lowell Award in Poetry from Harvard University; the New York Arts Fund Award for Significant Contribution to American Letters; and the Prix de Rome for Literature and the Academy Award for Literature, both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. In 1994 he was named Socio Benemerito dell'Associazione, Centro Romanesco Trilussa, Roma.

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PR 02-030
03/11/02
ISSN 0731-3527

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