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Emily M. Darrow
*Please note that the readings will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building.

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College will continue this fall with three readings by world-renowned poets on Thursdays, October 30, November 13, and December 4. All the readings are free and open to the public and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building.

On Thursday, October 30, poets Rodrigo Toscano and Lisa Jarnot will read from their recent works. Toscano is the cofounder of Krupskaya Press, with Jocelyn Saidenberg and Hung Q. Tu. He is the author of Platform, The Disparities, and Partisans, among other collections of poetry. He works at the Labor Institute in Manhattan. Jarnot is the author of Some Other Kind of Mission, Ring of Fire, and Black Dog Songs. She is completing a biography of the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan, which will be published by University of California Press in 2005. Jarnot teaches at Long Island University and Marymount Manhattan College.

On Thursday, November 13, poets Fanny Howe and Charles North will read from their recent works. Howe is the recipient of two NEA awards, a Commonwealth Club of California’s first gold medal for poetry in the California Book Awards, an American Book Award for fiction, two National Poetry Foundation awards, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 2000 for her Selected Poems. She has published several novels and collections of poetry, most recently Nod, Indivisible, and Economics (all fiction), and Gone (poetry). Howe has taught at Columbia, MIT, and University of California–San Diego. The Washington Post Book World notes that “North’s wit, exuberance and unfailingly elegant syntax make him one of the most memorable of contemporary poets.” He is the first full-time poet in residence at Pace University in New York City and the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which, The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight, was selected as one of five finalists for the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award. North also has published a book of selected essays on poets, critics, and artists, titled No Other Way; coedited, with the poet James Schuyler, the poet/artist anthologies Broadway and Broadway 2; and produced collaborations with a number of writers and artists.

On Thursday, December 4, poets Susan Howe and Elizabeth Willis will read from their recent works. Howe is the author of several books of poems and two volumes of criticism. Her most recent poetry collections are The Midnight; The Europe of Trusts; Pierce-Arrow; Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979; The Nonconformist's Memorial; The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems: and Singularities. Her books of criticism are The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History, which was named an International Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement; and My Emily Dickinson. Her work also has appeared in Anthology of American Poetry; Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women; and Poems for the Millennium, Volume 2. She has received two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. Howe is a professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000. Willis’s collection of poetry, The Human Abstract, won the National Poetry Series. Her poems appear in recent and forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Chicago Review, Shiny, Conjunctions, and Triquarterly. Her new collection of poetry, Turneresque, was published thisyear by Burning Deck Press. Willis teaches at Wesleyan University.

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 and upcoming events, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 12-05-2003