March 29, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—To honor the publication of his Collected Poems, a tribute to poet Richard Wilbur, a 1942 Amherst graduate, will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Readings and discussions by poets, teachers and students will culminate in a performance by Richard Wilbur himself. Free and open to the public, the event will be followed by a reception.

Readers will include Anthony Marx, professor of political science and president of Amherst College; William H. Pritchard '53, the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English and author of Lives of the Modern Poets, among other works of criticism; David Sofield, the Samuel Williston Professor of English and the author of Light Disguise: Poems; Andrew Parker, professor of English; Susan Snively, associate dean of students, director of the writing center, and the author of The Undertow, among other books of poems; and Tess Taylor '00, author of The Misremembered World and currently a Copeland fellow at Amherst College.

Wilbur's body of work encompasses poems, translations, essays, song lyrics and children's books. His previous books of poetry include The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems (1947); Things of This World (1956), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; Walking to Sleep: New Poems and Translations (1969); and New and Collected Poems (1988), also winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Center at Amherst College and the Scott Turow Fund, this event is part of an ongoing series, featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information please visit