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Undertaker and poet Thomas Lynch to present reading

January 21, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The man who "buries a couple hundred" of his fellow townspeople each year, author and undertaker Thomas Lynch, will present a reading of his work at Western Michigan University Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Milford, Mich., undertaker will begin his reading at 8:30 p.m. in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. The event, sponsored by the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

The winner of an American Book Award and finalist for the National Book Award for his essay collection "The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade," Lynch has been described as a cross between Garrison Keillor and an Irish poet.

His most recent work, "Still Life in Milford," explores life, death, history and memory and both the local and larger geography. He is also the author of "Skating with Heather Grace" and "Grimilkan and Other Poems." His poems and essays have appeared in Harper's, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker and the Paris Review.

For more information about the event, call Julie Stotz at 373-9212.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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