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October 19, 2009

Twin Brothers Matthew and Michael Dickman to Read at Smith

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poets Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

photoTwin brothers from the Lents neighborhood of Portland, Ore., the Dickmans each recently published first books and have been profiled in Poets & Writers and The New Yorker. Both have received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, the Vermont Studio Centers and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Matthew Dickman’s "All-American Poem" was chosen by Tony Hoagland to win the APR/Honickman First Book Prize and has been praised for its hopefulness about the ecstatic nature of our daily lives. Pop culture and sacred longing go hand in hand in poems that deal with skinheads, parties, campus vending machines, biker gangs, suicides and girls with tattoos—the background is a downbeat America, but the style looks back to the singing free verse of Walt Whitman and Frank O’Hara.

Michael Dickman’s "The End of the West" breathes in the world—delight, cruelty, boredom and grief—and breathes out a prayer that holds both grace and suffering, equally, lightly. His poems flit and play and question, depicting spiritual longing, drug abuse, gritty neighborhoods and unfailingly complicated human relationships, and they do so with what poet Franz Wright calls “the utmost gravity as well as a kind of cosmic wit.” Michael is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

The Dickmans’ reading will be followed by a book sale and signing. For further information, call Michaela Cahillane in Smith's 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 All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

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