September 30, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The poet and biographer Honor Moore will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 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. Refreshments will be served.

Moore has published two collections of poetry, Memoir and Darling, and The White Blackbird, a biography of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent. In her poetry, Moore explores such topics as longing and death with a visual precision: a woman's hair is the color of raw wood; a dead friend is remembered by how he placed objects in a room; two lovers "fall together like answers." The Boston Review has described Moore's poetry as "blunt and brave," and praised her "unique ability to infuse her poems with real body heat, emotional electricity, and the divine grief at the center of desire."

Moore's poems have appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Open City, Conjunctions and American Poetry Review. Her essays have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker and The New York Times.

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