Poets reign in April at UMASS Dartmouth

April is National Poetry Month and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is planning to celebrate with a month long reading series.

March 13, 2003 
Poets reign in April at UMASS Dartmouth 

April is National Poetry Month and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is planning to celebrate with a month long reading series. Every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the library browsing area, students and guests from the surrounding communities will be able to listen to and participate in readings by local and visiting prize-winning poets. Author's books will be available for sale at each reading. Admission is free; parking is in lot 13. 

  • Thursday, April 3 with Adrian Oktenberg, author of The Bosnia Elegies (Paris Press, 1997) and her latest book, Swimming with Dolphins (Bucknell University Press, 2002). Her prizes and awards include among others, the American Review Poetry Prize, eight Pushcart Prize nominations, and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review and American voice as well as many other anthologies and literary quarterlies. Oktenberg is a regular reviewer for The Women's Review of Books.. Poet Eavan Boland has said of The Bosnia Elegies, a collection of poems written in the voices of the victims, perpetrators, and observers of the siege of Sarejvo, "These poems take the passion of anger and the clarity of narrative into the silences and evasions of history."
  • Thursday, April 10, working poets on the UMass Dartmouth faculty will read their work. This reading will be followed by an open mic for students who wish to present samples of their own poems. Everett Hoagland, poet laureate of New Bedford will be joined by poets James Bobrick, Miriam O'Neal, Joan Kellerman, John Landry, and Laurie Robertson-lorant as well as alumnus, Noah Hoffenberg. A signup sheet will be available for students wishing to participate in the open mic. The work of these poets has appeared in such anthologies such as The Best American Poetry Series, and journals such as, The American Voice, Marlboro Review, Agni, Atlanta Review, and the Radcliffe Quarterly.
  • Thursday, April 17, Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of The Good Junk, On the Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists, and Genuine Negro Hero. He is the recipient of the Carl F. Wittke Award for undergraduate teaching and has received several fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Ellis is also a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective, a reading series for AfricanAmerican writers in Cambridge, MA. He teaches poetry, creative writing, and African-American literature courses at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Thursday, April 2, Mark Doty, a National Book Award Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award winner, and a finalist for Britain's T. S. Eliot Award. Doty's books include Bethlehem in Broad Daylight (1991), Turtle Swan (1987), My Alexandria (1993), Atlantis (1995), Sweet Machine (1998), and Source (2002), as well as Heaven's Coast: an Aids Memoir (1996) and Firebird (1999). 

For more information contact Miriam O'Neal at moneal @ umassd.edu or call Mary Hallet at 508-9998291. 

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