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Former U.S. poet laureate Hass to read

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 101 McCormick Hall

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass will read from his work, including his National Book Award-winning collection "Time and Materials," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in 101 McCormick Hall.

During his 1995-97 tenure as poet laureate, Hass drew concerted attention to the relations between American writing and local ecologies. Ranging from encouraging local literary societies to "adopt" their native waterways to fostering new scholarship on American literary landscapes, Hass' efforts changed awareness of the interplay between culture and nature.

Hass' books of poetry include "Sun Under Wood," "Human Wishes," "Praise" and "Field Guide." His work also includes "Twentieth-Century Pleasures," a study of contemporary poetry that won the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a professor of English at the University of California-Berkeley, where he teaches courses in English and American literature and environmental studies.

Hass is a noted translator whose long collaboration with Czeslaw Milosz brought the Polish Nobel laureate's work into English. He also has published several anthologies of his Washington Post columns on the life of poetry.

The event, designated as a Spencer Trask Lecture, is sponsored by the Department of English, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the University Public Lectures Series. It is cosponsored by the University Center for Human Values and the Program in Creative Writing.

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