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April 18, 2007

Poets Galway Kinnell and Josephine Dickinson to Read at Smith

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College, in collaboration with Broadside Bookshop, will present poets Galway Kinnell and Josephine Dickinson who will read from their new books at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

The New York Times called Pulitzer Prize-winner Kinnell “one of the true master poets of his generation.”  A major figure in American poetry for more than three decades, Kinnell’s lucid and heartfelt poems have won him a large and passionate following. Critics often compare his work to that of Walt Whitman because of its transcendental philosophy and personal intensity. Kinnell will read from his new collection “Strong Is Your Hold.”

British poet Dickinson's American publishing debut is titled “Silence Fell,” perhaps a reference to her sudden deafness at age six. Newly released from Houghton Mifflin, the book tells the story of her marriage to a Cambrian sheep farmer, a man more than twice her age, and their life together until his death in 2004:  “a love story in the form of a modern shepherd’s calendar.” Dickinson’s work was hailed by British critics as “a vision edged with mystery and rendered with arresting ... craft.”

Kinnell and Dickinson’s readings will be followed by a book sale and signing. For further information, visit or contact Broadside Bookshop at (413) 586-4235 or Ellen Doré Watson, director of Smith’s Poetry Center, at (413) 585-3368.

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