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Poets McGrath and Mörling to read

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Poets Campbell McGrath and Malena Mörling will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

McGrath is admired for accessible verse that explores the cultural and natural landscapes of the United States. Much of his work has been characterized as a witty and wise indictment of American consumerism. His latest poetry collection is "Seven Notebooks" (2008), a season-by-season accounting of a year in the life of its narrator, from spring in Chicago to summer at the Jersey Shore to winter in Miami Beach.

His previous collections include "Florida Poems" (2002), "Road Atlas" (1999), "Spring Comes to Chicago" (1996) and "American Noise" (1993). He is a three-time winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant."

Mörling, who also is a translator, has published poems in Ploughshares, New England Review, Countermeasures, Boulevard, Marlboro Review and Mudfish. She also has completed a manuscript of poems titled "Ocean Avenue."

Her translations into Swedish of Philip Levine's poems have been published in the Swedish journal Artes. She has translated into English recent poems by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer that have appeared in a latest volume of his work in English, "For the Living and the Dead."

The reading series is sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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