Submitted by Patricia M. Allen
October 8, 2007
Contact: Katherine Duke '05
Stacey Schmeidel
Director of Public Affairs

AMHERST, Mass.—Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former U.S. poet laureate Louise Glück will read from her work at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center and the Amherst College Department of English, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Glück’s reading will be preceded by a talk by scholar and critic Willard Spiegelman at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall on the Amherst College campus.

Glück served as the nation’s 12th poet laureate (from 2003 to 2004), and is the author of numerous books of poetry. Her most recent book, Averno, was nominated for a National Book Award in 2006; The New Yorker wrote, “The poems brilliantly display a poet’s insight, a mother’s warmth and a mortal’s empathy. There is wry humor, too, and, amid much that is dark, there are fragments of hope.”

Glück received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award in 1992 for The Wild Iris. She earned the Library of Congress’s Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for Ararat, published in 1990. Her 1985 book, The Triumph of Achilles, received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Kane Award. In 2001, Yale University awarded Glück its Bollingen Prize in Poetry, given biennially for a poet’s lifetime achievement in his or her art.

The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, Glück is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She also serves as a judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

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.