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~Celebrated Poet Adrienne Rich Will Give Poetry Reading
at Wellesley College Sept. 22

For immediate release:
September 4, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Adrienne Rich, one of America’s most celebrated poets, will read from her work Monday, Sept. 22, at Wellesley College. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 4:30 pm in Jewett Auditorium.

Since receiving the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1951 at the age of 19, Adrienne Rich has written more than 15 volumes of poetry, including Diving into the Wreck and Midnight Salvage. She has also written several books of nonfiction prose, including Arts of the Possible: Essays & Conversations and What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics. She is the recipient of the 1999 Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been distinguished by the Academy of Poetry Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Common Wealth Award in Literature, the National Book Award, 1996 Tanning Award for Mastery in the Art of Poetry and the MacArthur Fellowship. In 2003, she was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.

Poet W.S. Merwin writes, “Rich’s poems, volume after volume, have been the makings of one of the authentic, unpredictable, urgent, essential voices of our time. All of her life she has been in love with the hope of telling the utter truth, and her command of language from the first has been startlingly powerful.”

The reading is sponsored by the Wellesley College Writing Program, the English Department, Women’s Studies and the Wilson Committee. For more information, please call Donna Lepri, the Writing Program, at 781-283-2576, or 781-283-3771.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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