Poet Robin Becker visited Smith

The award-winning poet, feminist, and lesbian activist gave a poetry reading and lecture. Read more...

Robin Becker

February 13, 2007
7:30 pm Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Poetry Reading - followed by bookselling and signing
February 15, 2007
4:00 pm Poetry Center, Wright Hall

Becker will begin her week long visit to Smith with a poetry reading. Later in the week she will deliver a lecture, “When the Personal Is Political: Maxine Kumin’s Poems of Transformation and Accountability.” In addition to the reading and lecture, Becker will be giving a master class and individual conferences with student poets. Becker's visit is supported by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. For further information, consult the Smith College Poetry Center, or the press release posted on Smith College News Releases.

The events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

book cover: The Horse Fair by Robin Becker          book cover: Domain of Perfect Affection by Robin Becker

A passionate feminist and lesbian activist, Robin Becker is the author of seven volumes of poetry, most recently The Horse Fair and Domain of Perfect Affection. Praised early in her career by Maxine Kumin for her “clear unafraid image in the mirror,” she has gone on to become, in Michael Waters's words, “one of our most generous and essential poets.” Recipient of countless awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the Bunting Institute, Becker is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State, as well as poetry editor and columnist for The Women’s Review of Books.

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Biography in Context
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Internet Resources

Internet Site Access
Smith College Poetry Center - Robin Becker http://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/
Department of English (Penn State University)
Faculty page for Robin Becker
American Academy of Poets
Biographical information and links to related sites
Ploughshares (Emerson College)
Articles by and about Robin Becker
Meet the Poet: Robin Becker (WGBH Forum Network)
Audio and video of a reading at Boston College, Feb. 13, 2003
Women's Review of Books (Wellesley Centers for Women)
Robin Becker, Poetry Editor


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