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Internationally renowned poet gives public reading

by Mark Schwerin

March 31, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Jerome Rothenberg.
KALAMAZOO--Jerome Rothenberg, an internationally renowned poet, translator and anthologist, celebrated for his pioneering work in ethnopoetics and poetry performance, will read from his collected works next week as part of the Western Michigan University Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Rothenberg will read at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Kalamazoo College's Stetson Chapel. The reading is co-sponsored by K-College and is free and open to the public.

Rothenberg is the author of more than 70 books of poetry, many of them published by New Directions, including "Poems for the Game of Silence," "Poland/1931," "A Seneca Journal," "Vienna Blood," "That Dada Strain," "New Selected Poems 1970-1985," "Khurbn" and, more recently, "A Paradise of Poets" and "A Book of Witness." His newest book is titled "Gematria Complete."

Rothenberg also has edited numerous major assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry, of which "Poems for the Millennium" won an American Book Award in 2010. He has received many awards and honors, including two PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards, two PEN Center USA West Translation Awards, an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York in 1997, an Alfonso el Sabio Translation Award for lifetime achievement, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant and two American Book Awards. He was elected to the Academy of World Poetry in 2001.

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.

This is the last reading in the spring edition of the reading series.