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September 13, 2005

Smith's New Writer-in-Residence Daisy Fried to Read Sept. 27

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Poet Daisy Fried, the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Alive to the kinetic pleasure of the street, Fried writes of city life and lives in a way that elides poetic distance, turning the reader into a subject and bringing the landscape into intimacy and immediacy. At once socially conscious and indignant, she faithfully renders experience into exact lyrics that never substitute manipulation of language for acuity of vision.

Eleanor Wilner, last year’s Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith, writes of Fried’s first book, “She Didn’t Mean to Do It”: “She’s got a one-of-a-kind, syncopated city-talking voice: book smart, street smart, sophisticated, and an ear so good it seems to pick up every human frequency, in poems off-beat and on-target.”

Published in 2000, “She Didn’t Mean to Do It” was awarded the University of Pittsburgh’s Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for a first book of poetry; the University of Pittsburgh will release her second collection in Spring 2006. Embracing risk and testing instability, Fried’s poems take as their subjects relationships, sex, work and family. Says poet Albert Goldbarth, “Daisy Fried has managed to fashion ... a life-enhancing vision. Her eye is brave, her language is omnivorous, her heart is bountifully chambered.”

Fried’s poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Threepenny Review and New York Quarterly, among other publications. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Fried is a recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Poetry and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She makes her home in Philadelphia.

Fried’s reading will be followed by book-selling and signing. For further information, contact Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, director, at (413) 585-3368.

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