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November 10, 1993

Poets Susan Mitchell and Charles Wright To Read at Library of Congress on December 16

Prize-winning poets Susan Mitchell and Charles Wright will read in the Library's literary series on Thursday, December 16. The program, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Tickets are not required.

Susan Mitchell, winner of the first Kingsley Tufts Award (1992) and the 1992 Lannan Foundation Literary fellowship, is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master's degree from Georgetown University. She is the author of the collections Rapture, nominated for a 1992 National Book Award; and The Water Inside the Water, soon to be reissued.

Charles Wright, winner of the 1993 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, and grew up in Tennessee and North Carolina. He attended Davidson College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Rome. He served in the Army Intelligence Service in Verona, Italy. In 1963-65 he was a Fulbright student in Rome, translating the poems of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Cesare Pavese. In 1968-69 Mr. Wright was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Padua. From 1966 to 1983 he was a member of the English Department of the University of California at Irvine. Since then, he has been Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

In 1983 Mr. Wright was a co-winner of the National Book Award in Poetry. He is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including The Grave of the Right Hand, The Other Side of the River, and The World of the Ten Thousand Things.

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PR 93-143
ISSN 0731-3527

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