January 21, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-The poet Rachel Hadas will kick off the spring series of the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, with a reading from her work on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The author of more than 15 books of poetry, essays and translations, including Indelible (2001), a translation of Euripides' Helen, and, most recently, the poetry collection Laws, Hadas has been praised for her singular-but extraordinarily diverse-vision. As J.D. McClatchy writes: "The world's story and the margins of our lives have rarely been so lovingly and clearly designed as they are in Hadas's poems." Grace Schulman, poetry editor of the Nation, evokes the poet's simultaneous preoccupations with the classical and the current: "The poems are urgent, contemplative, and finely wrought. In them, antiquity illuminates the present as Rachel Hadas finds in ordinary human acts 'what never was and what is eternal'."

Hadas's numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant and an award in literature from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters. She is the Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University, where she has taught for more than two decades.

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.