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Events celebrate life of Theodore Weiss, Nov. 21-22

The Program in Creative Writing will honor and celebrate the life and work of the late Theodore Weiss, emeritus professor in the Princeton University English department, with two events on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.

Weiss, an award-winning poet, editor and literary critic, died on April 15 at age 86 after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was editor and publisher of the nationally acclaimed Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL) for nearly 60 years with his wife Renie. His poems were widely published in prominent literary magazines and anthologies as well as in a dozen books of poetry.

Weiss' poetry will be read and remembrances will be shared at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, two documentaries about Weiss and his work will be screened at the theater. In the 1987 work, "Living Poetry: A Year in the Life of a Poem," filmmaker Harvey Edwards followed Weiss for a year and documented the creation and evolution of his poem, "Fractions," from the initial inspiration to the finished piece. Edwards' 1995 follow-up film, "Living Poetry 2: Yes, With Lemon," chronicled subsequent revisions to "Fractions" and included a discussion by a group of Princeton undergraduates and a faculty member about the final version.

Both events are sponsored by the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series in the Program in Creative Writing.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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