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Faculty to read Bishop poems, April 19

Faculty members in the Program in Creative Writing will read from a new collection of work by poet Elizabeth Bishop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Bishop, who lived from 1911 to 1979, wrote slowly and published sparingly, but is known for the technical brilliance and formal variety of her work. During her lifetime, she won virtually every poetry prize in the country.

Alice Quinn, poetry editor of The New Yorker, will lead off the April 19 event with an introduction of "Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts and Fragments." She edited the work, published last month, drawn from 3,500 pages of Bishop's material housed in the Vassar College library.

Reading the work will be Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, Tracy Smith and Susan Wheeler.

The event is part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series.

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