October 14, 2005 Poets Carter Revard and Edward Weismiller to Read on Oct. 20

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Noted poets Carter Revard and Edward Weismiller will read their poems at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The program, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Revard is professor emeritus of English at Washington University in St. Louis. His latest collection of poetry is “How the Songs Come Down” (Salt Publishing, 2005).

Part Osage Indian on his father’s side, Revard grew up in Buck Creek Valley, near Pawhuska, Okla. After graduating from high school, he won a scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1952. He also earned a bachelor’s and a master’s from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and in 1959 he received a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Revard’s scholarly work has been in medieval English literature, linguistics and American Indian literature. He is the author of “Family Matters, Tribal Affairs” (1998), “An Eagle Nation” (1993), “Cowboys and Indians Christmas Shopping” (1992) and “Ponca War Dancers” (1980). His awards and honors include the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Weismiller is professor emeritus of English at George Washington University. His latest collection of poems is “Walking Toward the Sun,” from Yale University Press in 2002.

Born in Monticello, Wis., Weismiller received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in 1938 and his master’s from Harvard University in 1942. He received his Ph.D. in 1950 from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar.

His first collection of poems, “The Deer Come Down,” won the Yale Younger Poets Prize and was published by Yale University in 1936. He is the youngest poet to win the prize. In addition to poetry, Weismiller wrote a novel in 1962, “The Serpent Sleeping.”

In 2002 Weismiller was Scholar in Residence at the Library of Congress, where he produced “A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton” and a line-by-line analysis of versifications of Milton’s minor poems. Weismiller’s many awards and honors include Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Poetry and Literature Center administers the annual poetry and literature reading series at the Library, sponsored since 1951 by the Library’s Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, and is the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the literary series and plans special literary events during the reading season. For more information about the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and related events, visit the Web site at www.loc.gov/poetry/.


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