Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Mary Oliver to Read
Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poet Mary Oliver at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 29, in John M. Greene Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The doors will open at 6 p.m.
A long-time resident of Provincetown, Mass., Oliver
is renowned and beloved for her evocative and precise rendering of the natural world,
offering gorgeous as well as disturbing and brutal images. Her many books—26
at present count—are essential to a wide spectrum of readers the world over.
Following her receipt of a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellowship, a Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim, and an American Academy
and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award, Oliver went on to win the 1984
Pulitzer Prize for "American Primitive." Oliver’s most recent collections
include "Red Bird," an immediate national bestseller upon publication in
2008, and "Evidence," just out this year. In October 2007, Beacon Press
published "Our World," with text by Oliver accompanying a collection of
photos by Molly Malone Cook, her partner for many years, and a pioneer gallery owner
and photographer. Oliver is currently guest editor for The Best American Essays,
To commemorate Oliver’s visit to Smith and as
part of the Smith College Poetry Center’s
growing broadside series, Barry Moser, Printer to the College, has made a fine letterpress
broadside of her poem “Violets” from the newly released "Evidence" (Beacon
Press, 2009). The broadside’s public unveiling will take place at the reading,
when it will be available for sale at a one-time reduced price.
Oliver’s reading will be followed by a book sale
and signing. For further information, call Michaela Cahillane in the Poetry Center
office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, director, at (413) 585-3368.
For disability access information or to request accommodations,
call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413)
585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail ODS@smith.edu. All
requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.