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Poet Jean Valentine concludes fall Frostic Reading Series

Oct. 22, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Poet Jean Valentine reads from her work Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. Valentine's presentation is the final installment in the Fall 2004 Gwen Frostic Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

Jean Valentine's intensely felt and often condensed poems have been noted for their ability to squeeze wisdom from bits of conversations, cryptic dreams, and single images, presenting experience as only imperfectly graspable. She is the author of eight collections of poems, most recently "The Cradle of The Real Life." Her forthcoming volume, "Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems," will be released by Wesleyan in November. Her earlier books are "Growing Darkness," "Growing Light," "The River at Wolf," and "Dream Barker," for which she won the Yale Younger Poets Award. Valentine has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was awarded the Shelley Memorial Prize by the Poetry Society of America in 2000. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and 92nd Street YMCA.

Fall 2004 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Wednesday, Sept. 8, novelist Howard Norman

Thursday, Sept. 30, poet Terrance Hayes

Thursday, Oct. 7, novelist James McManus

Wednesday, Oct. 13, playwright Jeremy Dobrish

Wednesday, Oct. 27, poet Jean Valentine

All readings begin at 8 p.m. and are 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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