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John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College Presents Paul La Farge and Ben Lerner

Eleanor Davis

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — The John Ashbery Poetry Series presents authors  Paul La Farge and Ben Lerner reading from their recent work on Wednesday, March 10. Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.


Paul La Farge is the author of three books: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999); Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001); and The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2005 Bard Fiction Prize. His stories have appeared in Story, McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, and Harper’s. He is a semi-regular contributor to Believer; his essay about the game Dungeons & Dragons was reprinted in Read Hard: The Best of the Believer (2009). He is working on a project about flight in America. La Farge has been a member of the writing faculty of the Bard MFA program for a number of years.

Ben Lerner is originally from Topeka, Kansas. His first book, The Lichtenberg Figures, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2004 and won the Hayden Carruth Award. A Lannan Literary Selection, The Lichtenberg Figures was named one of the year’s twelve best books of poetry by Library Journal; it will appear in German translation from Luxbooks in 2010. His second book, Angle of Yaw, was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, among other honors. Copper Canyon will publish his third book, Mean Free Path, in the spring. A former Fulbright Scholar in Spain, Lerner currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and edits poetry for Critical Quarterly.


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February 25, 2010

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