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Colby College’s 2002-03 Visiting Writers Series will hold three readings this fall on the Waterville campus. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Robins Room of Roberts Building and is open to the public free of charge. A book signing by the authors will follow each of the readings. The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by Colby’s creative writing program.
On Tuesday, September 24, Carl Dennis will read selections of his poetry. Dennis is the author of Practical Gods, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, as well as seven other collections of poetry, including Ranking the Wishes. His work has been praised for its beauty, originality and wisdom and he has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Ruth Lilly Prize from Poetry magazine and the Modern Poetry Association for his contributions to American poetry. Dennis teaches in the English Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
On Tuesday, October 22, Peter Harris will read selections of his latest poetry. Harris, a Colby English professor, is the author of Blue Hallelujahs, which won the 1996 Maine Chapbook Competition. He also has published poems in many magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner and Passages North and has been honored with fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ireland’s Tyrone Guthrie Center. Poet Tony Hoagland wrote, “In Peter Harris’s poetry, the jackhammers of passionate language assault the dry walls of rationality until the prison house of language is, if not leveled, at least remodeled.”
On Tuesday, November 12, Don Lee will read from his short stories. Long-time editor of the prestigious literary journal Ploughshares, Lee is the author of Yellow, a short story collection, which won the 2002 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The short story “The Possible Husband” won an O. Henry Award and the short story “The Price of Eggs in China” won a Pushcart Prize. Lee’s stories, which focus on race, familial attachments, romance and identity, are, in the words of author Ann Beattie, “involving, unexpected, and provocative.”