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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College continues this spring with a reading by Lyn Hejinian on Friday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the Olin Humanities Building. The Ashbery Series, presented by The Bard Center, is free and open to the public and offers readings by contemporary poets in a relaxed setting.

Lyn Hejinian was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1941. A poet, essayist, and translator, she is also the author or coauthor of 14 books of poetry. Published collections of her writing include Writing is An Aid to Memory, My Life, Oxota: A Short Russian Novel, The Cell, The Beginner, and, most recently, A Border Comedy. A collection of her essays titled The Language of Inquiry was published by the University of California Press in 2000. From 1976 to 1984, Hejinian was editor of Tuumba Press. From 1981 to 1998, she was the coeditor (with Barrett Watten) of Poetics Journal. Hejinian is also the codirector (with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets. Other collaborative projects include Sight (written with Leslie Scalapino); a work titled The Eye of Enduring, undertaken with the painter Diane Andrews Hall and exhibited in 1996; the composition Qúê Trân, with music by John Zorn and text by Hejinian; a book titled The Traveler and the Hill, and the Hill, created with the painter Emilie Clark; and the award-winning experimental film Letters Not About Love, for which Hejinian and the Russian poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko wrote the script. Translations of Hejinian's work have been published in Denmark, France, Spain, Japan, Italy, Russia, Sweden, China, and Finland. She is also a frequent contributor to the literary journal Conjunctions, edited by Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College.

Hejinian's honors include a writing fellowship from the California Arts Council, a grant from the Poetry Fund, a translation fellowship (for her Russian translations) from the National Endowment of the Arts, and an award for independent literature from the former Soviet literary organization Poetic Function in Leningrad in 1989. She recently received the 66th fellowship from The Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement at mid-career. Lyn Hejinian lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

The next reading in the series will be by Charles Bernstein on Friday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building. For further information, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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