April 26, 2004 Poet Laureate Louise Gluck to Read at the Library of Congress

Glück's Reading Will Close 2003-2004 Literary Season

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Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Louise Gluck will bring the 2003-2004 literary season to a close with a reading of her work at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, in the sixth floor Montpelier Room of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. This free event is open to the public and no reservations are required.

Louise Gluck is the author of nine books of poetry, including "The Seven Ages" (Ecco Press, 2001); "Vita Nova" (1999), which was awarded the New Yorker magazine's Book Award in Poetry; "Meadowlands" (1996); "The Wild Iris" (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; "Ararat" (1990), which received the Library of Congress' Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, and "The Triumph of Achilles" (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. Gluck has also published a collection of essays, "Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry" (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. This fall, Sarabande Books will publish "October," a new, six-part poem, in chapbook form.

Yale University awarded Louise Gluck its Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 2001, an award given biennially for a poet's lifetime achievement. Gluck's honors also include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), the M.I.T. Anniversary Medal (2000), and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Glück teaches at Williams College and lives in Cambridge, Mass. She is a member of the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters and in 1999 was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003, Gluck was named a judge through 2007, for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

During her tenure as Poet Laureate, Gluck named two new Witter Bynner Fellows, Dana Levin and Spencer Reece, and also brought the work of three poets, Peg Boyers, Dan Chiasson and Peter Streckfus, to the Library's audiences. These five poets appeared in the Library's literary series, read from their work and discussed the writing of poetry during a symposium presided over by Gluck.

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PR 04-094
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