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Nationally acclaimed poet to give reading at WMU

Nov. 22, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Poet Lynn Emanuel will present a selection of her work the New York Times described as "at once charmed and frightening," at Western Michigan University Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Emanuel, recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Pushcart Prizes, will begin her reading at 8:30 p.m. in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. A reception will follow the reading on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

The reading, sponsored by the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Emanuel is the author of three books of poetry, "Then, Suddenly," "The Dig" and "Hotel Fiesta." Her work has been featured in the "Pushcart Prize Anthology" and "Best American Poetry" in 1994, 1995 and 1998. Her first publication, "The Dig," was selected for the 1992 National Poetry Series.

The Gettysburg Review has called Emanuel a writer of "exquisite craftsmanship" who is able "to strike from language images chiseled clean as a bas-relief."

Born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Emanuel is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where she directs the Writing Program and is a judge for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. She also has served as co-editor of the 1994-95 volume of "The Pushcart Prize Anthology."

For more information about Emanuel's visit, contact Julie Stotz-Ghosh at (616) 373-9212.

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu

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