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February 12, 2009

Poet Marianne Boruch to Read and Deliver Lecture at Smith

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by acclaimed poet Marianne Boruch at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. Boruch will also give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, titled “The Little Death of Self,” in which she will explore the first-person speaker in poems, with reference to work by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and others. The Feb. 26 talk will take place in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Distinguished professor of English at Purdue University, author of seven books of award-winning poetry and two books of essays on poetry and poets, Boruch earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Massachusetts, where she studied with poet James Tate, among others. Her numerous essays on poetry and poets were published in her collections “Poetry’s Old Air” and “In the Blue Pharmacy.” Her poems and essays have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review and The Yale Review, to name a few.

In addition to teaching at Purdue, Boruch is also on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.  She has won two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other awards and honors, including most recently a Rockefeller Bellagio Foundation Fellowship.

Boruch will be participating in a weeklong residency at Smith, which will consist of workshops and student conferences, in addition to the Feb. 24 reading and the Feb. 26 lecture. Her visit to the Pioneer Valley is made possible by a generous gift from Smith alumna Tammis Day ’05.

Boruch’s Feb. 24 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, 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 ten days prior to the event.

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