WMU News

Award-winning poet Ralph Angel visits campus

Sept. 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- An award-winning and widely published poet will visit campus in October to participate in the Fall 2002 Reading Series sponsored by the Department of English's creative writing program.

Ralph Angel will give a reading at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in 3021 Brown Hall.

Angel is the author of the recently released collection of poems "Twice Removed," published last year by Sarabande Books, a nonprofit literary press headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Nominated for the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the release has won praise for its realism and imagination.

"Angel's poems are stamped indelibly with the mark of a unique, shaping imagination, and they're fresh with news of how it feels to live right now," wrote a Times reviewer.

Angel is the author of two previous collections of poetry: "Neither World," published by Miami University Press, and "Anxious Latitudes," which was published in the Wesleyan University Press New Poets Series. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Antioch Review, The American Poetry Review and many other magazines and anthologies.

Angel's other recent honors include a Pushcart Prize and awards from the Fulbright Foundation. "Neither World" received the 1995 James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets.
Originally from Seattle, the author now lives in Los Angeles and serves as the Edith R. White Endowed Chair in English at the University of Redlands, where he teaches creative writing.
For more information, call 269 387-2572.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, 269 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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