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2/16/04

U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück to Read as Part of Poetry Series

Salt Lake City-Feb. 16, 2004-Louise Glück, recently appointed U.S. Poet Laureate, will read Thursday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. as part of Westminster's Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series.

Librarian of Congress James Billington appointed Glück as the Library's 12th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The year-long position includes an office at the Library of Congress, a $35,000 salary, and the responsibility to raise the appreciation of reading and writing poetry in America. Glück will continue to teach English at Williams College, as she has for the past 20 years. She will also begin teaching at Yale next year.

Glück is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently The Seven Ages (Ecco Press, 2001). Her other books include Vita Nova (1999); Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990); and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also published a selection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. Her other honors include the Bollingen Prize in poetry, the Lannen Literary Award for Poetry, and fellowships from Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is unique for its distillation of emotional vulnerability and psychological awareness--her poems touch nerves. Spare, controlled, and intense, her poetry combines classical allusions with a contemporary simplicity of expression. According to The New York Times Book Review, "No American poet writes better than Louise Glück; perhaps none can lead us so deeply into our own natures."

Glück's reading will take place in the Gore School of Business Auditorium on the campus of Westminster College and is open to the public at no charge. To accommodate an expected large audience, an overflow room will be in Malouf 201 with live TV transmission (directly west of Gore Auditorium). A reception will follow the reading, and a book signing sponsored by the King's English Bookshop. Free parking is available at 1700 South and 1200 East.

This year's sixteenth annual poetry series is funded by a grant from Salt Lake County through its Zoo, Arts, and Parks program. For more information, please contact Dr. Natasha Sajé, associate professor of English and director of the series, at (801) 832-2376 or e-mail her at nsaje@westminstercollege.edu.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.