January 31, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass—Two acclaimed poets, Greg Williamson and Philip Stephens, will read from their work at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in Porter Lounge in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public.

John Hollander has described Williamson’s most recent collection, Errors in the Script, as a “... a deeply impressive book. Its triumph is a brilliant and totally original sequence of poems... which raise fascinating questions about knowledge, memory, and their own stability and truth.” The New York Times has declared Williamson’s adherence to formal verse “an achievement in its own right.” Williamson, who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, won the Nicholas Roerich Prize for his first collection, The Silent Partner.

Stephens’s debut collection, The Determined Days, offers a poetic consideration of labor, life and relationships. Anthony Hecht has suggested that “the cumulative effect of this truly accomplished collection is powerful, disturbing, and authoritative. I am filled with admiration for Mr. Stephens’ work.” Stephens lives and writes in Kansas City, Mo. He and Williamson are both published in the Sewanee Writers’ Series by The Overlook Press.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. See the Center’s Website for more information.