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Award-winning poet Claire Bateman comes to WMU

Oct. 8, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Poet Claire Bateman will read from her works at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre Wednesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Bateman is the author of four poetry collections: "Clumsy," released by New Issues Press in spring 2003; "The Bicycle Slow Race; Friction;" and "At the Funeral of the Ether." She has won the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Writing Poetry Prize, a Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Robert Frost Fellowship, a Writing Teacher Portfolio Award from Scholastic Arts, and most recently, a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, S.C.

Bateman's presentation is the third 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:

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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