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October 13, 2009

Susan Stewart NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poet Susan Stewart at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free and open to the public.

A poet, critic, translator and former MacArthur fellow, Stewart is the author of six collections of poetry, including "The Forest," recipient of the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Atheneum; "Columbarium," recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and, most recently, "Red Rover."

Reviewing "Columbarium" in Poetry Magazine, author Dan Chiasson praised the poems for being “gorgeous in themselves, but more gorgeous for the philosophical heft of the fabric they are embroidered on.” As dedicated to the senses as they are to the mind, Stewart’s fiercely ambitious poems never for a minute forget to make music.

Stewart recently translated "Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini," and her books of criticism include "The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics," "Poetry and the Fate of the Senses," which received both the 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2004 Truman Capote Award in Literary Criticism.

Additional honors include a Lila Wallace Individual Writer's Award, two grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pew Fellowship for the Arts, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Stewart is currently professor of English at Princeton University where she teaches the history of poetry and aesthetics. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2005.

Stewart’s 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, 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

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