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October 23, 2007

Poets from MacDowell Colony To Read on Nov. 8

In celebration of The MacDowell Colony’s 100th anniversary, three poets will read from their works and from the poetry of three U.S. Poet Laureates, all alumni of the famous writers’ and artists’ residency workshop in New Hampshire.

Stephen Dunn, Peter Klappert and Kathy Mangan will start the reading at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, the event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

In addition to their own works, the guest poets will read from the poetry of former Consultants in Poetry, a position that is now called Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. They are Louise Bogan, who served from 1945 to 1946; Stanley Kunitz, from 1974 to 1976 and also from 2000 to 2001; and Anthony Hecht, from 1982 to 1984.

Founded in 1907, The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., was the first artists’ residency program in America and is the model for hundreds of others. The vision of founders Edward McDowell and his wife Marian, both pianists, was to provide artists of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time, a private workplace and a dynamic community of peers to inspire creativity and excellence. To date, the colony has awarded fellowships to more than 6,000 writers, visual artists, composers, playwrights, filmmakers, architects and interdisciplinary artists. In 1997, The MacDowell Colony was awarded the National Medal of Arts for nurturing and inspiring many of the 20th century’s finest artists.

Papers and items relating to the colony’s founding are part of the Library of Congress collections. The Library organized a MacDowell Colony exhibition earlier this year: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/macdowell/highlights/.

Dunn won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2001 for "Different Hours." He is the author of 13 other collections of poetry. Dunn earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Hofstra University. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from Syracuse University and has taught at Princeton, Columbia and the University of Michigan. He lives in New Jersey and Frostburg, Md. Dunn will read Hecht’s poems.

Klappert's "Lugging Vegetables to Nantucket" was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1970. "Chokecherries: New and Selected Poems, 1966-1999," was published by Orchises Press in the fall of 2000, and his 1975 collection "Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirrors" will be reprinted next year with drawings by Michael Hafftka. A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Klappert lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches in the MFA Program at George Mason University. He will read Kunitz’s poems.

Mangan received a Ph.D. in 1983 and a master’s in English in 1975 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. "The End of Curiosity," a manuscript in progress, will be her second full-length collection. Mangan has taught at McDaniel College for three decades. Currently the English Department chair, she teaches creative writing and a variety of courses in American literature. Mangan lives in Westminster, Md. She will read Bogan’s poems.

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PR 07-216
10/23/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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