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WMU poet next in Frostic Reading Series

March 25, 2011

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KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University English professor acclaimed for his poetry will read from his selected poems as part of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Richard Katrovas will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Room 105 of the Bernhard Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Katrovas is the author of "Green Dragons," winner of the Wesleyan University Press New Poets Series in 1983. His other early books of poetry include "Snug Harbor," "The Public Mirror" and "The Book of Complaints." He has written a variety of other books, including "Prague, USA," a book of stories; "Dithyrambs," a book of choral lyrics; "Mystic Pig," a novel; and "The Republic of Burma Shave," a memoir. His recent releases include the poetry collection "Prague Winter," the anecdotal memoir "The Years of Smashing Bricks," and his 2011 release, "Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems."

Katrovas also edited "Ten Years After the Velvet Revolution," the first anthology of Czech poetry to appear in English after Czechoslovakia's bloodless revolution. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of leading literary journals and anthologies.

Kartovas is the founding director of WMU's Prague Summer Program, which is going into its 18th year. The Prague Summer Program is an annual, intensive creative writing study abroad experience that gives approximately 100 writers the opportunity to be closely mentored by some of the biggest literary names from the United States and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Gwen Frostic Reading Series is sponsored by the WMU Department of English and its Creative Writing Program. It is funded by a foundation established by the late Michigan artist.

The last reading in the spring edition of the reading series is April 7 with poet Jerome Rothenberg. All readings start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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