Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790



Event is a Public Fundraiser for Cedar Crest and the Academy of American Poets

Allentown, PA (April 5, 2004) - In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Galway Kinnell, will read from his collections of poetry at a special fundraiser for Cedar Crest College and the American Academy of Poets, Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center. General Admission tickets to the Kinnell event are $8.

Kinnell's appearance at Cedar Crest is being sponsored by the College's Cultural Programs Committee, the Trustees, President and Abe and Tretchie Samuels. Kinnell's reading at Cedar Crest College continues the tradition of bringing great writers and poets to the College. In 2001, U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, read his work to a capacity crowd. At that time, the College awarded the first of its poetry scholarships to Courtney Lomax '04 of Hewitt, NJ. In 2003, W.S. Merwin, one of the most widely read poets in America, shared his poetry with a vast audience and Brenna O'Keefe '04 of Allentown was presented with the annual scholarship.

Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927. He studied at Princeton University and the University of Rochester. His volumes of poetry include A New Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), a finalist for the National Book Award; Imperfect Thirst (1996); When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990); Selected Poems (1980), for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980); The Book of Nightmares (1971); Body Rags (1968); Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock (1964); and What a Kingdom It Was (1960). He has also published translations of works by Yves Bonnefroy, Yvanne Goll, and François Villon, and, this year, Rainer Maria Rilke. Galway Kinnell divides his time between Vermont and New York City, where he is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University. He is currently a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

The Kinnell reading at Cedar Crest is a fundraiser for both the College and The Academy of American Poets. The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The largest organization in the country dedicated to the art of poetry, the Academy sponsors programs nationally. These include the Academy Fellowship, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the James Laughlin Award, the Walt Whitman Award, the Raiziss de Palchi Translation Award, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, poetry prizes at 178 colleges and universities, a national series of poetry readings and poets' residencies, and the American Poets Fund and the Atlas Fund, which provide financial assistance to poets and non-commercial publishers of poetry, respectively. The Academy also sponsors National Poetry Month (April), an annual celebration of the richness and vitality of American poetry; the Online Poetry Classroom, an educational resource and online teaching community for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of audio recordings of poetry readings. Additionally, the Academy maintains one of the liveliest and most comprehensive poetry sites on the Internet, at www.poets.org.

Tickets to the Galway Kinnell event cost $8 each (general admission). Various other ticket levels, which include priority seating, and in some cases dinner with the poet, range from $50 - $1000. For information, contact the Cedar Crest College Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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