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THE JOHN ASHBERY POETRY SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE PRESENTS THREE READINGS IN APRIL Tina Darragh and P. Inman; Mark Ford and Robert Kelly; and Robert Creeley will read from their recent works

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College presents three readings by five poets in April—including Tina Darragh and P. Inman; Mark Ford and Robert Kelly; and Robert Creeley—on Thursdays, April 10 and 17, and Tuesday, April 29. All the readings are free and open to the public.

Tina Darragh and P. Inman will read from their recent works on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., in room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building. Darragh's books include on the corner to off the cover; Striking Resemblance; a(gain)2st the odds; and adv. fans — the 1968 series. Her work has been included in several anthologies, among them In the American Tree; "Language" Poetries; out of everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK; and Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women. Selections from her project, the dream rim instructions, have been published in Chain and Primary Writing, and have been featured in Etruscan Reader. Darragh is a reference librarian at the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature at Georgetown University. P. Inman's latest book is at.least; his other books include Vel; Criss Cross and Red Shift; Think of One; Ocker; and Uneven Develop,emt. His work has also appeared in several anthologies, the most recent of which is From the Other Side of the Century. He has been involved in local union activities since 1981 and is currently vice president of AFSCME Local 2910. Inman and Darragh live in Greenbelt, Maryland, with their son, Jack.

Mark Ford and Robert Kelly will read from their recent work on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building. Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1962. He grew up in London and attended Oxford and Harvard Universities. He wrote his doctorate at Oxford on the poetry of John Ashbery and has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century American writing. From 1991 to 1993 he was a visiting lecturer at Kyoto University in Japan. He is a senior lecturer in the English Department at University College London. He has published two collections of poetry, Landlocked and Soft Sift, and is also the author of Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams, a critical biography of the French poet, playwright, and novelist. Ford is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and The London Review of Books.

Robert Kelly, Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature, has taught at Bard since 1961. He founded the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts writing program in 1980 and directed it for a dozen years. He has received a number of grants and awards, including a prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and an honorary doctor of letters degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry (including Red Actions, a selection of poems from 1960 to 1993), several novels, and four collections of shorter fiction. His most recent books are Mont Blanc (a writing-through of Shelley's eponymous poem), The Time of Voice, Runes, and The Garden of Distances, the last a collaboration with Tyrolean painter Brigitte Mahlknecht. Forthcoming are Lapis, a collection of recent poems, and The Language of Eden, a long poem. Kelly is working on a new novel and a collection of critical and theoretical essays, as well as on Orion: Opening the Seals, a long poem whose opening section can be found in Conjunctions:37 Twentieth Anniversary Issue.

Robert Creeley will read from his recent work on Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center. Creeley attended Harvard University from 1943 to 1946, taking time out in 1944 and 1945 to work for the American Field Service in Burma and India. In 1954, he joined the faculty of Black Mountain College and began to edit Black Mountain Review. In 1960 he received a master's degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Since 1989 Creeley has been Samuel P. Capen Professor of Poetry and Humanities at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has published more than 60 books of poetry in the United States and abroad, including Just in Time: Poems 1984–1994; Life & Death; Echoes, Selected Poems 1945–1990; Memory Gardens; Mirrors; The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945–1975; Later; The Finger; and For Love: Poems 1950–1960. Creeley is also the author of a novel, The Island, the Gold Diggers and Other Stories, and more than a dozen books of essays and interviews. He has edited Charles Olson's Selected Poems, The Essential Burns, and Whitman: Selected Poems, among other collections. His honors include the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, Frost Medal, Shelley Memorial Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation. He served as New York State Poet from 1989 to 1991 and was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1999.

Since 1995, the John Ashbery Poetry Series has brought leading contemporary poets to Bard for readings and discussion in an intimate setting. For further information about the series, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 04-16-2003