October 2, 2008                   

AMHERST, Mass. — Author Steven Haven  will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Harold Bloom called Stephen Haven’s Dust and Bread “an intensely moving and eloquent book of poems … It is a book, not just individual elegies and meditations, and portrays the authentic awakening to self of a poet’s soul through experiential crisis.” Haven is the author of three poetry collections, as well as The River Lock: One Boy’s Life along the Mohawk, a memoir that explores boyhood in a dwindling factory town. A 1979 graduate of Amherst and twice a Fulbright lecturer at universities in Beijing, Haven is director of the Creative Writing Program at Ashland University, where he also directs the Ashland Poetry Press.

Every year, the Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. All events are wheelchair accessible and followed by refreshments. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.