January 24, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Michael Collier, the poet laureate of Maryland from 2001 through 2004, will read at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The reading is sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Collier has been praised by the Washington Post for his “elegant, accessible and closely observed poems.” He has written five books of poetry: The Clasp (1986), The Folded Heart (1989), The Neighbor (1995), The Ledge (2000) and Dark Wild Realm (2006). The Ledge was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Thomas Watson fellowships, Collier is currently a professor of English at the University of Maryland, where he serves as co-director of the creative writing program. He also served as the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College. He received a B.A. degree from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.