Writing Program Reading Series: Award-winning poet Susan Hahn

Poet Susan Hahn will read from her work at 8 p.m. April 3 in Duncker Hall’s Hurst Lounge for the Writing Program Reading Series.


Who: Susan HahnWhere: Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall When: 8 p.m. April 3Admission: Free and open to the publicFor more information, call 935-7130
Hahn is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Holiday (2001) and Mother in Summer (2002).

The recipient of several awards — including The Society of Midland Authors Award, The George Kent Prize from Poetry magazine, and awards from the Illinois Arts Council — Hahn also is a playwright and the editor of the prestigious literary journal Triquarterly.

“Susan Hahn revives and reinvents the American gothic and argues compellingly for that spirit’s place in contemporary poetry,” said Carl Phillips, professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, both in Arts & Sciences.

“Vertiginous, piercing in their vision, blistering in their commitment to the truth about human craving and cravenness, Hahn’s poems can seem a cross between Poe and Plath, between Old Testament terror and the clinical indifference of 21st-century technology. In the end, the poems are Hahn’s alone — fierce and poignant and utterly original.”

The reading is sponsored by the English department and the Writing Program in Arts & Sciences and is free and open to the public. Copies of Hahn’s works will be available for purchase, and a book-signing will follow the reading.

For more information, call 935-7130.