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November 16, 1994

Poets Marilyn Chin and Andrew Hudgins To Read at the Library of Congress

Marilyn Chin and Andrew Hudgins will read from their work on Thursday, December 15, at 6:45 p.m. in the Library's Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The reading is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Rita Dove will introduce the poets. Tickets are not required.

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and reared in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Dwarf Bamboo (1987) and The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (1994), and is on the faculty of the M.F.A. program at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowships, and a Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her collection The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty has been widely acclaimed. Poet June Jordan, in Ms., wrote: "In Marilyn Chin's poetry we encounter a foremost Asian American poet who has become more deeply thoughtful, and therefore more agitated, and angry, about the American part of her being here. . . . I cannot imagine a more compelling collection of poems centered on the difficult gift of racial and cultural double consciousness."

Andrew Hudgins is the author of four collections of poetry: Saints and Strangers (1985); After the Lost War: A Narrative (1988); The Never-Ending: New Poems (1991),which was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award and received the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Award; and The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood (1994). He earned his B.A. degree at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1974 and his M.A. degree at the University of Alabama in 1976, studied for his Ph.D. degree at Syracuse University, 1976-78, and attended the M.F.A. Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa from 1981 to 1983. He has been Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati since 1985. Ray Olsen describes his most recent collection, The Glass Hammer, as "a fourth fine book from one of America's most accessible, natural poets." Mr. Hudgins's poems "make up a childhood memoir as vivid, vital, raffish, affecting, and appalling as the most candid autobiography or novel about growing up might be."

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PR 94-178
ISSN 0731-3527

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