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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College continues this spring with readings in April and May. Pulitzer Prize-winner James Tate and Dara Wier will read from their recent works on Friday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. Poets L. S. Asekoff and Terence Winch will read from their recent works on Thursday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m. The readings-presented by The Bard Center-will be held in Room 102 of the Olin Humanities Building and are free and open to the public.

James Tate, the recipient of the 1995 Tanning Prize from the American Academy of American Poets, is the author of numerous books of poetry. These include (among others) Memoir of the Hawk, Shroud of the Gnome, the National Book Award-winner Worshipful Company, Selected Poems (awarded the Pulitzer and the William Carlos Williams Award), Distance from Loved Ones, Reckoner, Constant Defender, Riven Doggeries, Viper Jazz, Absences, Hints to Pilgrims, The Oblivion Ha-Ha, and The Lost Pilot, selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Tate is also the author of a novel, Lucky Darryl, and a collection of short stories, Hottentot Ossuary, and is the editor of The Best American Poetry 1997. He is the recipient of the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Tate is currently a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Tate and Dara Wier are both faculty members at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Wier is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Hat on a Pond, The Book of Knowledge, All You Have in Common, The 9-Step Grape Vine, Blood Hook and Eye, and Blue for the Plough. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the American Poetry Review. A past president of Associated Writing Programs, her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the North American Review, New Republic, and the American Poetry Review.

L. S. Asekoff is coordinator of the M.F.A. Poetry Program and faculty associate of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker, Poetry, Tikkun, Salamagundi, Triquarterly, and the American Poetry Review, from which he has twice received the Jerome Shestack Prize and where he was featured on the cover of May/June 1993 issue. Asekoff is the author of two books of poetry Dreams of a Work and North Star, both published by Orchises Press. A poem from North Star, "Rounding the Horn," was selected for the anthology The Best Poems of 1997. He is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. Asekoff has recently completed a third book, Lyre, and is working on a poetry-prose journal, The White Notebook.

Terence Winch is the author of three books of poems-The Drift of Things, Irish Musicians/American Friends (awarded an American Book Award), and The Great Indoors (awarded a Columbia Book Award). He is also the author of a book of short stories, Contenders, and numerous chapbooks. His work is included in many anthologies, among them Best American Poetry 1997, and in Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Verse, The New Republic, Agni, and New American Writing. Winch was the subject of a profile on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered, and has been featured three times on Garrison Keillor's radio show, Writer's Almanac. Among other awards, he is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. A musician and songwriter, Winch has recorded three albums that feature his compositions (including the song "When New York was Irish") with Celtic Thunder, an Irish band he formed with his brother in 1977.

For further information about the readings or the poetry series, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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