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Nov. 1, 2010

Prize-Winning Poet Dana Levin to Read and Deliver Lecture in Smith College Poetry Center Series

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Dana LevinNORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poet Dana Levin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Stoddard Auditorium. Levin will also give a lecture, “I am: Sylvia Plath, Poetic Form and the Creation of Self,” in honor of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s 10th anniversary. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

The author of two collections, Levin is a rising star in the poetry world, and her poetry has been variously called “violent,” “prophetic,” “transcendent,” “intimate,” “hypnotic.” As Publisher’s Weekly put it, she “writes a harrowing poetry that at times aspires to the unstable intensity of Sylvia Plath and the millennial resonance of Tony Kushner.”

“In the Surgical Theatre” received multiple first-book awards, including the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award and the PEN/Osterweil Award. Poet Robert Pinsky said the imagery in her second book, “Wedding Day,” was “satisfyingly clear...and excitingly inexplicable." Levin’s third volume, “Sky Burial,” is due from Copper Canyon Press in the spring of 2011.

Levin was raised in the California Mojave Desert and holds a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a master of fine arts degree from New York University. Among her many honors, she has received the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her work has won several Pushcart Prizes and is widely anthologized. Levin teaches in the M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College and holds the Russo Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico.

Levin’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, 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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