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Poet Steve Orlen next in Frostic Reading Series

Oct. 1, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Next in the Frostic Reading Series, award-winning poet Steve Orlen will read from his works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct., 9, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. All readings in the series are open to the public free of charge.

The author of two chapbooks and six collections of poetry, he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as the George Dillon Memorial Award from Poetry Magazine. His works include "Permission to Speak," 1978; "A Place at the Table," 1981; "The Bridge of Sighs," 1992; "Kisses," 1997; "This Particular Eternity," 2001; and "The Elephant's Child: New and Selected Poems 1978-2005."

Orlen teaches at the University of Arizona and in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Tucson, Ariz., with his wife, the painter, Gail Marcus Orlen.

Fall 2008 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Thursday, Sept. 25, novelist Don Lee
Thursday, Oct. 9, poet Steve Orlen
Tuesday, Oct. 21, novelists Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Salvatore Scibona
Tuesday, Oct. 28, novelist Arnost Lustig
Thursday, Nov. 13, playwright Erik Ramsey
Thursday, Dec. 11, poets Lisa Fishman and Daneen Wardrop

All readings are 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, contact Michael Davis at michael.j.davis@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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