February 18, 1997 Poets Alfred Corn and Daniel Halpern To Read at the Library of Congress

Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

On Thursday evening, March 6, poets Alfred Corn and Daniel Halpern will read from their work in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. The reading, which is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will begin at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are not required.

Alfred Corn, whose seventh book, a collection of poems titled Present, will be published in March, received his B.A. degree from Emory University and his M.A. degree from Columbia University. He is the author of several novels, including Part of His Story (1997) and An Xmas Murder (1987); and collections of poetry, most recently Autobiographies (1992) and The West Door (1988). A collection of essays, The Metamorphosis of Metaphor: Essays in Poetry and Fiction, was published in 1987. Mr. Corn teaches in the Writing Division of the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University. His awards and honors include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Corn makes his home in New York City.

Daniel Halpern is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Foreign Neon (1991) and Selected Poems (1994), and is the recipient of many grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is editor-in-chief of the Ecco Press and was the founder and editor of Antaeus, an international literary magazine, which he edited from 1969 to 1995. In 1993, he was awarded the PEN Publisher Citation for his work at Ecco. He has edited many anthologies, including Plays in One Act, Writers on Artists, and The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories. Mr. Halpern has taught at the New School for Social Research at Princeton University, and for 20 years in the graduate writing program of Columbia University. He divides his time between New York City and Princeton, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and daughter.


PR 97-026
ISSN 0731-3527