April 26, 2004 Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine to Read their Poems at the Library of Congress

Press Contact: Bibi Martí, (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Poetry and Literature Center (202) 707-5394 or (202) 707-5395
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Poets Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine will read their poems during a free event at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, May 3, in the Library of Congress' sixth floor Montpelier Room in the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. This event is open to the public and tickets are not required.

The program, which will be introduced by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Louise Glück, is presented under the auspices of the Archer M. Huntington Chair of Poetry Fund.

Anne Carson was born in Toronto. She received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto. Carson's books of poetry include "The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos" (2001), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; "Men in the Off Hours" (2000); "Economy of the Unlost" (1999); "Autobiography of Red" (1998), which was on the short list to receive the Forward Prize; and "Goddesses and Wise Women" (1992). Carson, a classics scholar, is the translator of "If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho" (2002) and the author of "Eros the Bittersweet" (1998). Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship and a MacArthur Award. Carson is the director of graduate studies in classics at McGill University and is currently on the faculty of the English language and literature department at the University of Michigan.

Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Williams College and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Columbia University. Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry: "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" (soon to be published); "PLOT" (2001); "The End of the Alphabet" (1998); and "Nothing in Nature Is Private" (1995), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Rankine is the co-editor of "American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language" (2002). She has served on the faculty of Barnard College and now teaches at the University of Georgia.

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