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Former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky Reads
at the Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) On April 1st, the Lewis Center for the Arts, Program in Creative Writing Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series will present a reading by the former United States Poet Laureate and acclaimed essayist Robert Pinsky. Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the Lewis Center and the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities; professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts; director of the Princeton Atelier; and chair of the Fund for Irish Studies, will introduce Pinsky. The reading will take place at 4:30 p.m. in James M. Stewart ’32 Theater located at 185 Nassau Street.

Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Pinsky is the first United States Poet Laureate to serve an unprecedented three consecutive terms. He is the author of six books of poetry, including Jersey Rain (2000) and Pulitzer Prize nominee The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996. In 1994, Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a bestseller. He is also the author of several prose titles, including The Sounds of Poetry (1998) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is poetry editor of Slate, an Internet magazine. Perhaps inspired by a childhood dream to be a jazz saxophone player, Pinsky’s poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious range. Poet Louise Glück has said, "Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence, a taste for tasks and assignments to which he devises ingenious solutions." The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will be held after the reading.

For a full listing of spring reading series’ speakers please visit All readings are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, all readings will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, located in the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street.  All are welcome.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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