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Award-winning poet David Rivard visits WMU

Jan. 26, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Award-winning poet David Rivard will read from his work as part of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. All readings in the series are open to the public free of charge.

Rivard is the author of four poetry collections: "Sugartown" (2005); "Bewitched Playground" (2000); "Wise Poison" (1996), which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and "Torque" (1988).

Rivard's work has won awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Howard Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Tufts University and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Vermont College.

Spring 2007 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Jan. 24, novelist Joanna Scott
Jan. 31, poet David Rivard
Feb. 28, novelist Bryan Charles
March 28, poet and essayist Lia Purpura
April 4, poet and novelist Richard Katrovas
April 11, "The Art of the One-Act" various playwrights

All readings are Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at arnie.johnston@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

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

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