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Poet Adrienne Rich to give reading, Oct. 4

Award-winning poet and essayist Adrienne Rich will read from her work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Rich has been awarded numerous honors for her work, including the National Book Award, the MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant," the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Commonwealth Award in Literature.

Rich has written more than 16 volumes of poetry, including "Diving Into the Wreck," "The Dream of a Common Language" and "The Fact of a Doorframe: Selected Poems 1950-2001." She also is the author of five nonfiction books, including "Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution" and "What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics." Her most recent book of essays is titled "Arts of the Possible: Essays & Conversations."

Rich has said that her poetry seeks to create a relationship between "the personal, or lyric voice, and the so-called political -- really, the voice of the individual speaking not just to herself, or to a beloved friend, but to and from a collective, a social realm."

The event is sponsored by the Program in the Study of Women and Gender.

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