October 16, 2008                   

AMHERST, Mass. — Poet Richard Kenney will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 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.

Hailed by The New York Review of Books as “one of the most gifted and multifaceted and original of American poets,” Kenney has penned four books of poems. Most recently, he published The One-Strand River, which the Kenyon Review described this way: “There are incantations and meditations—the dawns, moons, births, and funerals—but there are also comic scenes, nursery rhymes, takes on myth, glosses on current events, and verdant hallucinations.” A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, among numerous other honors, he currently teaches at the University of Washington.

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.