October 10, 2001
Director of Media Relations

Poet Susan Wheeler will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in Porter Lounge on the third floor of Converse Hall. The event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public.

Wheeler is the author of several books of poetry, including the recent Source Codes as well as Smokes and Bag 'o' Diamonds. Her awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her work has appeared in the Scribner anthology Best American Poetry, as well as in The Paris Review, New American Writing, Talisman, The New Yorker and other journals. On the graduate faculty in creative writing at the New School, she also teaches at Princeton University.

The Yale Review writes, “Her personae are slippery as soap in the shower, her narratives are discontinuous, her juxtapositions are sometimes inexplicable even in retrospect, and her range of reference is catholic, so that hymns, cartoons, fairy tales, slogans, and literary classics collide as in a pileup on a foggy freeway.”

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. Future events in the Fall of 2001 include readings by Judith Frank, Constance Congdon and Andrea Barrett. See the Center's Web site,www.amherst.edu/~cwc, for more information.