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February 17, 2011



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NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will present a reading by poets Michael Klein and Donald Morrill at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Stoddard Auditorium. Morrill will also give a lecture, “Designs of Anger in Poetry,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Morrill made his debut in 1998, first with a collection of essays called “A Stranger’s Neighborhood” and, later that year, with “At the Bottom of the Sky,” a book of poems. He has since continued to prove his versatility with three non-fiction books, as well as a second book of poems, “With Your Back to Half the Day” (2005). Morrill’s most recent publication, “Impetuous Sleeper” (2009), is a collection of essays regarding wakefulness.

Morrill has taught American literature and culture at Jilin University in the People’s Republic of China and spent a year as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Lodz, Poland. He is Dana Professor of English and associate dean of graduate and continuing studies at the University of Tampa. He will spend a week in residency at Smith, offering workshops and student conferences, in addition to his poetry reading and lecture. His visit to the Pioneer Valley is made possible by a generous gift from Smith alumna Tammis Day.

Klein is an award-winning poet, memoirist and anthologist. His first publication was the anthology “Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS” (1989), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Klein returned to the subject of AIDS in both of his subsequent anthologies, “In The Company of My Solitude” (1995) and “Things Shaped in Passing” (1997), and most recently, has received significant praise for his second collection of poems, “then, we were still living” (2010).

His works in prose include “Track Conditions,” a memoir reflecting on his alcoholism, childhood abuse, a strained relationship with his lover and his experience as a professional groom for a Kentucky Derby-winning horse, and “The End of Being Known” (2009), which explores sex, desire, love, friendship and incest. Klein lives in New York City and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program at Goddard College.

The Klein and Morrill 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, 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 10 days prior to the event.

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