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U.S. poet laureate to present Tanner lecture, April 5

Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, will continue the Tanner Lectures on Human Values on Thursday, April 5, in Helm Auditorium, McCosh 50. At 4:30 p.m., he will offer the second part of his lecture, "American Culture and the Voice of Poetry." Four invited scholars will deliver commentary immediately following.

Pinsky also is poetry editor of the online journal Slate and a contributor to "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." He teaches writing at Boston University. His work, "The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1965-1995," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. He also has won the Saxifrage Prize and the William Carlos Williams Prize of the Poetry Society of America, and his collection of essays, "Poetry and the World," was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. "The Inferno of Dante," a new verse translation, was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. His latest collection of poems is "Jersey Rain."

The commentators will be: A.S. Byatt, one of England's foremost writers and the author of "Angels and Insects" and "Possession"; Jonathan Galassi, publisher, editor-in-chief and executive vice president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and a prize-winning poet; John Hollander, professor of English at Yale University and the author of 15 books of verse; and Marianna Torgovnick, professor of English at Duke University, who writes on the novel and novel theory, postcolonialism, modernism and contemporary American issues.

The lecture is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values. Princeton is one of nine institutions that regularly play host to the annual Tanner Lectures, which advance scholarly and scientific learning related to human values.

The lecture will be followed by a reception at Prospect House; the public is invited to attend. For more information, call 258-4798 or e-mail values@princeton.edu .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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