Writer, publisher C.D. Wright to read Oct. 2

Writer, publisher and acclaimed poet C.D. Wright — “one of America’s oddest, best and most appealing poets” according to Publisher’s Weekly — will read from her work at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in Hurst Lounge (Duncker Hall, Room 201) as part of the Fall Reading Series.

Wright is the author of 10 volumes of poetry, including Steal Away: New and Selected Poems, Deepstep Come Shining and Tremble. She is a winner of the Poetry Center Book Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bunting Institute.

“C.D. Wright writes poems that make us examine those elusive quotidian moments that continually pass in front of our distracted, and almost sightless, eyes,” said Mary Jo Bang, associate professor of English. “She shows us how much we miss — like what happens to beet juice when it’s drunk from a glass, how it ‘render(s) the light liquid.’ She ends the poem “Key Episodes From an Earthly Life” with a closing couplet, ‘I came to talk you into physical splendor / I do not wish to speak to your machine.’

“Wright’s poems both take us, and talk us, into the physical splendor we would see if only we were as attentive as those small robotic machines that we so often ask to stand in for us.”

Wright teaches in the creative writing graduate program at Brown University. With her husband, poet Forest Gander, she edits Lost Roads Publications.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Writing Program and the Department of English, both in Arts & Sciences. A book-signing and reception will immediately follow the reading, with copies of Wright’s books available for purchase.

For more information, call 935-7130.

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