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Poet Richard Blanco and Writer Geoff Dyer Read at Lewis Center for the Arts
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

American poet Richard Blanco and award-winning British writer Geoff Dyer will read from their works on Wednesday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.  Princeton student Matthew Brailas ’14 will also read from his poetry.  The reading is presented as part of the 2013-2014 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts.  A reception will follow the reading at which the writers will be available to sign copies of their books.  The reading and reception are free and open to the public.

Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet in history for Barack Obama’s second inauguration, is the first immigrant, Latino, and openly gay person to hold that title.  He has published three books of poetry: City of a Hundred Fires, which received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize; Directions to the Beach of the Dead, which won the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center; and Looking for The Gulf Motel, which recently won the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.  Blanco’s poems have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems and American Poetry: The Next Generation. Blanco is the recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.  He currently lives in Bethel, Maine.Blanco will be introduced by poet

Susan Wheeler, a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry and Professor and Director of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts.Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels, two collections of essays, and five “genre-defying” titles.  He won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for his essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition; the 2009 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Best Comic Novel for Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; and the 1992 Somerset Maugham Prize for But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz.  He is the recipient of a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a 2006 E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2009 GQ Writer of the Year Award.  His most recent book, Zona (2012), is about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film, Stalker.  Dyer was born in Cheltenham and educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.  He now lives in London. 

Dyer will be introduced by author Jeffrey Eugenides, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize and Professorof Creative Writing in the Lewis Center.

The Lewis Center’s Program in Creative Writing annually presents the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which provides an opportunity for students, as well as all in the greater Princeton region, to hear and meet the best writers of contemporary poetry and fiction.  All readings are free and open to the public and take place on select Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.  

Other readings scheduled in the 2013-2014 series include:

  • Jamaica Kincaid and David Ferry on November 13 
  • Denise Duhamel and Teju Cole on February 12 
  • Dana Levin and Claire Vaye Watkins on March 12 
  • D.A. Powell and Ann Beattie on April 16

Readings of student work will also be scheduled as part of the series.

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Photo Caption 1:  Poet Richard Blanco 
Photo Credit 1:  Photo by Timothy Greenfield Sanders
Photo Caption 2:  Writer Geoff Dyer 
Photo Credit 2:  Photo by Matt Stuart
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