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January 21, 2010

Poet and Publisher Martha Rhodes to Read at Smith

marthaNORTHAMPTON, Mass.— Smith College will present a reading by poet and publisher Martha Rhodes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Author of three books of poems, Rhodes is a master of tone and compression. Poet Louise Glück praised her debut collection, “At the Gate,” as “savage, wry, mordantly witty, tender, stern, deluded, [and] sane.” Rhodes’s second book, “Perfect Disappearance,” won the 2000 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press. Literary critic Robert Pinsky declared her latest book, “Mother Quiet,” to be “abrupt, unsettling, artfully distorted, indelible,” while poet James Longenbach recommended it as “dark, hilarious, direct, otherworldly.”

Rhodes is founder and director of Four Way Books, founded in 1993 in New York City. From Rhodes’ Tribeca loft, the non-profit press publishes eight to ten books a year, many to high acclaim. Four Way authors include the awarding-winning Jeffrey Harrison, Sarah Manguso, Pablo Medina, D. Nurkse, Kevin Prufer, Daniel Tobin, Cynthia Huntington, Pimone Triplett and Susan Wheeler.

Rhodes is also known as a tough, discerning, and extremely generous mentor, having taught at Emerson College, the New School University, the University of California at Irvine and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Rhodes’s reading will be followed by a book sale and signing. For further information, contact Michaela Cahillane in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, Poetry Center 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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