April 5, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-French poet Jean-Michel Maulpoix will give a talk titled "What About Poetry?" and read from his latest book of poems, Pas sur la neige, on Tuesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Free and open to the public, Maupoix's lecture will be in English. The event is sponsored in part by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund, and a reception will follow.

Maulpoix is the foremost scholar of modern and contemporary French poetry in France today, as well as an acclaimed poet. He has written many books on poetry, among which are the influential La voix d'Orphze (1989), La pozsie comme l'amour (1998) and Du lyrisme (2000), as well as critical studies of Renz Char and Henri Michaux. He is the author of 14 books of poems, including Une histoire de bleu (1992), Chutes de pluie fine (2002) and, most recently, Pas sur la neige (2004). Maulpoix is the editor of the literary journal Le Nouveau Recueil and teaches modern and contemporary French poetry at the Université Paris X-Nanterre.

Jean-Michel Maulpoix has a Website, www.maulpoix.net.