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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to read

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Acclaimed essayist and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will read from his work as part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Pinsky was the first poet laureate to serve three consecutive terms, from 1997 to 2000. A New Jersey native, he is the author of six books of poetry, including "Jersey Rain" (2000) and Pulitzer-Prize nominee "The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996." In 1994, Pinsky’s translation of Dante's "Inferno" became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a best-seller.

He also is the author of several prose titles, including "The Sounds of Poetry" (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is poetry editor of Slate, an Internet magazine.

A reception and book signing will be held after the reading. The series is sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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