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Aubrey Watzek Library Poetry Series

Date: February 15, 2006 Location: Watzek Library

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Aubrey Watzek Library Poetry Series

Local poets with national reputations will read from their works this spring. Included in the series are the noted poets Judith Barrington, Vern Rutsala, Jim Shugrue, Lisa Malinowski Steinman, Jerry Harp, and Ursula K. Le Guin. The final reading in the series will be from the work of graduating seniors in assistant professor Mary Szybist’s creative writing class.

These poets all have large followings. They include National Book Award winners and finalists, Oregon Book Award winners and finalists, with dozens of publications among them.

All readings are free and open to the general public.

Vern Rutsala
Professor Emeritus
Lewis & Clark College
Wednesday, January 25, 7 p.m.
Aubrey Watzek Library Classroom

Vern Rutsala taught at Lewis & Clark College for over forty years. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including The Window, Laments, The Journey Begins, and Little-Known Sports. Among the awards for his work are a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Juniper Prize, an Oregon Book Award, two Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prizes, the Duncan Lawrie Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Akron Poetry Prize, the Northwest Poetry Prize, and a Masters Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. His book The Moment’s Equation (Ashland Poetry Press 2005) is a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.

Jerry Harp
Visiting Professor of English
Lewis & Clark College
Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Aubrey Watzek Library Classroom

Jerry Harp is a visiting assistant professor of English at Lewis & Clark College. He is the author of two poetry collections: Creature (Salt, 2003) and Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004). winner of the 2004 Robert McGovern Prize from the Ashland University Press. He is currently working on an edition of Donald Justice’s letters.

Jim Shugrue &
Lisa Malinowski Steinman
Reed College
Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Aubrey Watzek Library Classroom

Jim Shugrue was born in Chicago, and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon, where he works at Reed College. His poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as International Quarterly, Fine Madness, and Poetry East; and in two chapbooks: Small Things Screaming (26 Books), a finalist for the Oregon Literary Award, and Icewater (Trask House Books, 1997). His work has been recognized by an Oregon Arts Commission poetry fellowship and by the (New York) Open Voice Award. A founding editor of Hubbub Magazine, he was elected to PEN for his editorial work. He has taught workshops and/or given readings at the University of Connecticut, the Chicago Public Library Reading Series, Reed College, the University of Idaho, the University of Montana, and elsewhere.

Lisa M. Steinman teaches at Reed College and co-edits the poetry magazine, Hubbub. She has received NEA and Rockefeller fellowships and has also published two books about poetry, Made in America (Yale University Press), and Masters of Repetition (St. Martin’s). Her poems have been published in The MA Review, Prairie Schooner, Notre Dame Review, The Women’s Review of Books, and elsewhere. Her poetry collections include Lost Poems, Ordinary Songs, All That Comes to Light, A Book of Other Days, and Carslaw’s Sequences.

Judith Barrington &
Ursula K. LeGuin
Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber

Judith Barrington is the author of three poetry collections, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including The Stories That Shape Us: Twenty Women Write About the West, A Formal Feeling Comes, From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry, The House on Via Gombito, and Hers 3. Her awards include the Andrés Berger Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Dulwich Festival International Poetry Contest, and the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life.

Ursula K. Le Guin writes both poetry and prose, and in various modes including realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young children’s books, books for young adults, screenplays, essays, verbal texts for musicians, and voice texts for performance or recording. She has published six books of poetry, twenty novels, over a hundred short stories (collected in eleven volumes), four collections of essays, eleven books for children, and four volumes of translation. Few American writers have done work of such high quality in so many forms. Three of Le Guin’s books have been finalists for the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and among the many honors her writing has received are a National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, SFWA’s Grand Master, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Howard Vursell Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the L.A. Times Robert Kirsch Award. In 1982 Lewis & Clark College awarded her its honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Lewis & Clark College seniors
Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Aubrey Watzek Library Classroom

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