November 15, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College Creative Writing Center will conclude its Fall Reading Series with an appearance by poet Brigit Pegeen Kelly on Monday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room at the Octagon.

Poet James Merrill admired Kelly's "exuberant way with words" and her poetic reflection of "the wild, transforming eye of childhood." He was not alone; Kelly's astonishing, visionary poetry has won a number of awards. Her collection Song was the 1994 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets, and her first book of poems, To the Place of Trumpets, was selected by Merrill in 1988 for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Kelly teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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