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February 16, 2007

Poets Sarah Manguso and Kevin Prufer to Read at Smith

Editor’s note: For a photo of Sarah Manguso and/or Kevin Prufer, call Marti Hobbes at (413) 585-2190.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.— Smith College will present poets Sarah Manguso and Kevin Prufer at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in  Stoddard Auditorium. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Manguso’s poems are quixotic exercises of question and aphorism, performed in a voice that poet Carl Phillips has called “startling, disturbing and original.” In her most recent book, “Siste Viator,” she borrows and re-imagines fragments of Frank O’Hara, John Berryman and a wandering Zen koan.

A native of Massachusetts, Manguso earned degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  The Village Voice named her first volume, “The Captain Lands in Paradise,” among its 25 favorite books of 2002. Manguso has held Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship, received a Pushcart Prize and appeared three times in the Best American Poetry series. With Jordan Davis, she edited the anthology “Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books.” She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Pratt Institute.

Prufer’s poetic eye sweeps from the wings of history to a roadside accident to the slivers of bone in the dust of an archeological dig. His third and most recent volume, “Fallen from a Chariot,” named by The Bloomsbury Review among the “Best Books of the Last 25 Years,” continues the elegiac arc for which the poet is known, examining his characteristic ruins and remains and elsewhere voicing echoes of Rome’s ancient rulers.

Prufer was born in Ohio and received degrees from Wesleyan, Hollins and Washington Universities. His first two books, “Strange Wood” and “The Finger Bone,” earned wide acclaim for their vision and versatility. A fourth collection, “National Anthem,” is forthcoming in 2008 from Four Way Books. Prufer currently co-edits “Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing” and teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri.

The reading will be followed by book sale and signing. For further information, call Cindy Furtek in the Smith College Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, director, at (413) 585-3368.

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