October 1, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Poet Dan Chiasson will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at the Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Afterlife of Objects, Chiasson's debut poetry collection, was named a "notable book" by the New Yorker and "a superb first book" by The Washington Post. It is "a kind of dreamed autobiography," according to the University of Chicago Press, and "both intensely personal and deeply rooted in recognizable events of personal, familial, or national significance." Chiasson has received a Pushcart Prize, and his work has been published in Slate and Ploughshares, among other places. A 1993 graduate of Amherst College, Chiasson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and is currently assistant professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. More information is available at the center's Website, www.amherst.edu/~cwc.