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December 22, 1997

Poet Lavinia Greenlaw To Read at Library of Congress December 23

On Wednesday, February 10, British poet Lavinia Greenlaw will read from her work at the Library of Congress. The reading, part of the "New Literature from Europe" series, begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Southeast Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E. Tickets are not required.

Ms. Greenlaw was born in 1962 in London into a family of doctors and scientists, disciplines she came to write about in her first published pamphlet, The Cost of Getting Lost in Space (1991). Her work has reflected an appreciation of science from the poet's perspective and emphasized similarities in the two fields. "The poem ... has to be as tightly constructed as any scientific hypothesis," Ms. Greenlaw has said.

Following Love from a Foreign City (1992), she returned to the subject of science in Night Photograph (1993), her first full-length collection of poetry, followed by A World Where News Travelled Slowly (1997). She was named writer in residence in 1995 at the Science Museum in Great Britain, where she directed events relating to issues between scientists and writers. She has served as British Council Fellow in Writing at Amherst College, Massachusetts, and was writer in residence at the 1997 Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts.

Ms. Greenlaw's honors and awards include an Eric Gregory Award in 1990, an Arts Council of England Writer's Award in 1995, and the 1997 Forward Poem of the Year for the title work of her latest collection, A World Where News Travelled Slowly. Her work has appeared in poetry anthologies, in collections of essays on science, and in The New Yorker magazine.

The "New Literature from Europe" series is co-sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Programs and the European Division of the Library of Congress. The embassy of the writer's country of origin will host each reading, held in the Southeast Pavilion, adjacent to the Library's European Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Those wishing to attend the reading are asked to respond to the British Council in care of the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., at (202) 588-7848. Interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event. Call (202) 707- 6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 97-213
ISSN 0731-3527

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