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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery, who was recently named New York\'s State Poet, and Nicole Brossard will read from their poetry on Friday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m., in Room 102 of the Olin Humanities Building at Bard College. The reading, part of the John Ashbery Poetry Series presented by The Bard Center, is free and open to the public.

John Ashbery is the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He received a National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize for his Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, published in 1975. His other poetry collections include Some Trees; The Tennis Court Oath; Rivers and Mountains; Shadow Train; April Galleons; Hotel Latréamont; And the Stars Were Shining; Can You Hear, Bird; Wakefulness; and Girls on the Run. Ashbery is also the author of three plays; a novel (with James Schuyler), Reported Sightings: Art Chronicles 1957–1987; articles on art criticism and translation; and verse that has been set to music. His other awards and honors include the Bollingen Prize in Poetry; MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; Common Wealth Award in Literature, Modern Language Association; Horst Bienek Prize, Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich; Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Literature, Rome; Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, French government; Robert Frost Medal, Poetry Society of America; and the Gold Medal for Poetry, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ashbery also served as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1988.

Poet, novelist, and essayist Nicole Brossard was born in Montreal, Canada. She published her first book in 1965; since then she has published eight novels, including Picture Theory, Mauve Desert, Baroque at Dawn; an essay, \"The Aerial Letter\"; and many books of poetry, including Daydream Mechanics, Lovhers, Typhon Dru, Installations, and Musée de l\'os et de l\'eau. Her work has been translated into English and other languages, and has appeared in many U.S. anthologies. A bilingual edition of her autofiction essay She would be the first sentence of my next novel (Elle serait la première phrase de mon prochain roman) was published in 1998; her most recent book of poetry in translation, Installations, has just been released. This year she was awarded a grant by Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebéc to work in New York on a new book of poetry. Brossard has been a two-time recipient of the Governor General award for her poetry and Le Grand Prix de Poésie de la Fondation les Forges. In 1991, she was awarded Le Prix Athanase-David for a lifetime of literary achievement and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a member of L\'Académie des Lettres du Québec and is the cofounder of the magazine La Barre du Jour.

The final reading in this spring\'s John Ashbery Poetry Series will be given by Ann Lauterbach, Ruth and David E. Schwab II Professor in Languages and Literature at Bard, and Claudia Keelon. Time and date to be announced.

For further information, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001