September 28, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Award-winning poet J.D. McClatchy will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Amherst Books at 8 Main St. in Amherst, and present an illustrated lecture, titled “The Writer's Desk,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather) at Amherst College. His reading is sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center; his talk at the college is sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library. Free and open to the public, both events will be followed by receptions.

J. D. McClatchy is the author of five books of poetry: Hazmat (2002) which was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize; Ten Commandments (1998); The Rest of the Way (1992); Stars Principal (1986); and Scenes from Another Life (1981). His selected poems, Division of Spoils, appeared in England in 2003. He has also published two collections of essays: Twenty Questions (1998) and White Paper (1989). He is the editor of nearly 20 books and has also written texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti. He is the recipient of many honors and awards.

J. D. McClatchy was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in 1945. He was educated at Georgetown and Yale, where he received his Ph.D. in 1974. He is a professor of English at Yale and lives in Stonington, Conn.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center organizes an annual reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. See the center's website for more information.