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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.β€”The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College will continue with a reading by Ashbery on Wednesday, December 11. This program, presented by The Bard Center, is open to the public without charge and will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building.

John Ashbery, the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard, will read from his recent works. He was recently made an officer of the Légion d'Honneur by the French government. Ashbery was named the poet laureate of New York State for 2001–02. In addition to receiving the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets in 2001, he is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a National Book Award, and a Pulitzer Prize for his Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, published in 1975. His newest poetry collection, Chinese Whispers, was just published in October. Other collections include As Umbrellas Follow Rain; Your Name Here; Other Traditions; Some Trees; The Tennis Court Oath; Rivers and Mountains; Shadow Train; April Galleons; Hotel Lautréamont; 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 and translation; and verse set to music. Other awards and honors received by Ashbery 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 (awarded by France); 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.

Since 1995, the John Ashbery Poetry Series has been bringing leading contemporary poets to Bard for readings and discussion in an intimate setting. This year the series is organized by John Ashbery, Ann Lauterbach, Joan Retallack, and Robert Kelly. Other readings planned for 2002–03 include Slovenian poet Tomasz Salamun on Wednesday, March 19.

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

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This event was last updated on 11-26-2002