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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael Traupman, Director of College Relations or
Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media at 610-740-3790.

March 22, 2005

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET, JORIE GRAHAM, TO READ HER WORKS AT CEDAR CREST COLLEGE

“For two decades now, Graham's poems have been exercising the major muscles in the throat of our language. If you haven't been listening, I'm telling you there's a new music out there …” - Boston Book Review

GRAHAM’S READING WILL BENEFIT THE COLLEGE AND THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS

APPEARANCE COMES ON THE TAIL OF THE RELEASE OF HER LATEST BOOK, “OVERLORD: POEMS” IN MARCH

Allentown, PA - In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet, Jorie Graham, will present a reading of her poetry at 7 pm, Monday, April 25 in the Samuels Theatre of the Tompkins College Center of Cedar Crest College.

Heralded for her unique style and voice, Graham won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1996 for “The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994.” Her latest volume, “Overlord: Poems,” which has been described as her most personal work to date, was released on March 1 by the Ecco Press label of Harper Collins.

Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950 and spent her youth in Italy. She attended New York University as an undergraduate and received an MFA from the University of Iowa. She also is the author of numerous collections of poetry including “Never” (HarperCollins, 2002); “Swarm” (2000); “The Errancy” (1997); “Materialism” (1993); “Region of Unlikeness” (1991); “The End of Beauty” (1987); “Erosion” (1983); and “Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts” (1980). She has also edited two anthologies, “Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language” (1996) and “The Best American Poetry 1990.” Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

The Graham reading at Cedar Crest is a fundraiser for both the College and The Academy of American Poets. The Academy 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, 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 Jorie Graham 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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