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October 23, 2008

Poet Jacqueline Osherow to Read at Smith

Editor's note: For a digital image of Jacqueline Osherow, e-mail Marti Hobbes.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass—Smith College will host a free public reading by poet Jacqueline Osherow at noon Friday, Nov. 7, in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall.

Osherow’s work explores Jewish tradition and the inconsistencies and mysteries in Biblical texts, often in difficult verse forms (sestinas, sonnets, terza rima), with humor and an intimate tone. Some of her best known poems address her post-Holocaust consciousness. “For my generation,” she says, “those born in the aftermath of the war—the horror ... defined the world to us. It is as a testament to this predicament that I wish these poems to stand.”

Author of five books of poems, most recently “The Hoopoe’s Crown,” Osherow has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations, among other prizes and awards. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

Osherow’s appearance at Smith is sponsored by the Smith College Poetry Center, the Program in Jewish Studies and the Office of the Jewish Chaplain. For more information, visit or e-mail Justin Cammy, director of Jewish studies,

For information about disability access 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.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.

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