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Gail Mazur ’59, Eve Grubin ’97, and Gina Franco ’97 were welcomed back to campus by the Poetry Center.

Gail Mazur

They Can't Take That Away from Me, by Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur’s poems celebrate the din and detail of ordinary life. Her 2001 volume They Can’t Take That Away from Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her most recent volume, Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems, won the Massachusetts Book Award. A Smith alumna, Mazur has long been active in the Boston and Cambridge literary communities, and currently serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. For more information and poems by Gail Mazur, please consult the Smith College Poetry Center web page.

Gina Franco      The Keepsake Storm, by Gina Franco

Gina Franco writes fearless poems that refuse to blink before the reader’s expectant gaze. Her first collection, The Keepsake Storm, brims with long-limbed narratives that amble out of a western landscape to reveal harsh truths: alarming family portraits, decay in the natural world, friends and strangers who die too soon. An alumna of Smith College, Franco lives in Illinois, where she teaches at Knox College. For more information and poems Gina Franco, please consult the Poetry Center web page.

Eve Grubin      Morning Prayer, by Eve Grubin

Eve Grubin writes poems in which ambiguity and gravity meet. In her first collection, Morning Prayer, Grubin employs Jewish mysticism and ritual practice, literary constructs, and the formative rites of youth as vehicles for understanding. A native of New York and an alumna of Smith College, Grubin holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and worked as program director for the Poetry Society of America. She teaches at the New School University and City College of New York. For more information and poems by Eve Grubin, please consult the Poetry Center web page.

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Internet Resources

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Biography in Context (Gail Mazur)
Includes entries from Contemporary Authors Online.
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Poetry Foundation (Gail Mazur)
Includes poems, articles, and a reading guide
Ploughshares (Gail Mazur)
Poems and biographical notes
Gina Franco's Blog
Fence Magazine (Gina Franco)
Poem: "The Box"
The Drunken Boat (Eve Grubin)
Poems: "After", "Jerusalem", "Seduction", "Ruins", more
Virginia Quarterly Review (Eve Grubin)
Poem: "Happiness on Earth"
La Petite Zine (Eve Grubin)
Poem: "Think of This"


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