Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
January 30, 1996
New Voices: Poets Greg Glazner and Dean Young To Read at the Library of Congress
On Thursday evening, February 15, poets Greg Glazner and Dean Young will read from their work in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. The reading, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will begin at 6:45 p.m.; Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Robert Hass will introduce the poets. Tickets are not required.
Greg Glazner is the author of two books of poetry, From the Iron Chair (1992) and Singularity (forthcoming from W. W. Norton). Among his awards and honors are the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets (1991) and the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry magazine (1984). He lives in the mountains near Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is an associate professor of English and creative writing at the College of Santa Fe, where he co-edits Countermeasures magazine.
Dean Young is the author of three books of poetry, Design with X, Beloved Infidel, and the recent Strike Anywhere, which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and the FineArts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and in 1993 and 1994 were included in The Best American Poetry anthology.
The poetry and literature reading series at the Library of Congress is the oldest in the Washington area, and one of the oldest in the United States. This annual series of public poetry and fiction readings, lectures, symposia, and occasional dramatic performances began in the 1940s and has been almost exclusively supported since 1951 by a gift from the late Gertrude Clarke Whittall, who wanted to bring the enjoyment and appreciation of good literature to a larger audience. The Poetry and Literature Center, which administers the series, is also the home of the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, a position that has existed since 1936, when the late philanthropist Archer M. Huntington endowed the Chair of Poetry at the Library of Congress. Since then, many of the nation's most eminent poets have served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and, after the passage of Public Law 99-194 in 1985, as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The Poet Laureate suggests authors to read in the literary series, plans other special literary events during the reading season, and usually introduces the programs.
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