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Poet and Translator David Ferry
to Read at Smith College

Smith College's Poetry Center and the Department of English Language and Literature will present David Ferry at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in Neilson Library Browsing Room.

A renowned poet and translator, Ferry is known for his brilliant translations of the Gilgamesh epic, Virgil's eclogues and Horace's odes.

His newest collection, "Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations," was awarded the Lenore Marshall Prize of the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine, Boston Book Review's Bingham Prize for Poetry and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress "for the best book by an American poet published in the previous two years."

"Of No Country I Know" was also a finalist for the 2000 New Yorker Book Award for Poetry and the New England PEN/Winship Award "for the best book of the year by a New Englander."

Other recent translations by Ferry include "Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse" (finalist in 1993 for the National Book Critics Circle Award), "The Odes of Horace: A Translation" and "The Eclogues of Virgil: A Translation." His recently completed translation of "The Epistles of Horace" is in press with Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Ferry has also been recipient of an Ingram Merrill Award for Poetry and Translation, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Academy of American Poets and the 2001American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature.

Visiting lecturer in creative writing at Boston University for the spring of 2001, Ferry studied at Amherst College and Harvard University and is Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, where he taught for most of his career.

Ferry's reading will be followed by a bookselling and signing.

For more information, call Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, director, at (413) 585-3368 or visit the Poetry Center Web site at http://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter.

Contact: Marti Hobbes, mhobbes@smith.edu

March 29, 2001

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