September 6, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College Creative Writing Center will begin its Fall Reading Series with an appearance by poet and novelist April Bernard on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in Porter Lounge at Converse Hall.

Bernard, whom W.S. Merwin has called "[a] poet of obvious gifts and power and ambition, unsparing and brilliant," is the author of a novel, Pirate Jenny (1990), and three collections of poetry: Blackbird Bye Bye (1989), which won the Walt Whitman Prize of the American Academy of Poets, Psalms (1993), and, most recently, Swan Electric (2002). She teaches literature at Bennington College and in the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. The Center's Website is at