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Poet Sydney Lea comes to campus for reading

Sept. 29, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Poet Sydney Lea will read from his works at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre Thursday, Oct. 2, beginning at 8 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Lea is the author of seven books of poetry including, "Pursuit of a Wound" (2000), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and "To the Bone," a new and selected volume that was co-winner of the 1998 Poets' Prize. He is also the author of a novel, "A Place in Mind," and a collection of naturalist essays, "Hunting the Whole Way Home." Lea was the founder of New England Review and served as the journal's editor for thirteen years. He lives in Newbury, Vt.

Lea's presentation is the second in the Fall 2003 Gwen Frostic Reading Series, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the WMU Department of English. The Frostic Reading Series opened Sept. 22 with a standing-room-only crowd for Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman. Other upcoming readings in the fall series are:

Poet Claire Bateman, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m.

Novelist Tracy Kidder, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.

Short story author Z.Z. Packer, Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

All upcoming programs are in the Little Theatre, located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on the WMU East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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