Poet Marilyn Hacker to read at Bryn Mawr

Posted April 2nd, 2009 at 2:21 pm.

Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

Poet Marilyn Hacker, whose first collection of poems, Presentation Piece, received the National Book Award in 1975, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr College on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room at Wyndham Alumnae House.

Free and open to the public, Hacker’s appearance is part of the College’s yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and playwrights. For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

Hacker is the author of 13 books of poetry, including Essays on Departure: New and Selected Poems, Desesperanto: Poems 1999-2002, Squares and Courtyards, and First Cities: Collected Early Poems, 1960-1979.

Fellow poet Maxine Kumin says of Hacker’s Winter Numbers, “This stunning book critiques our life and times—AIDS, the Holocaust, breast cancer, civil wars—with an unparalleled lyric candor. The tone is elegiac; the thrust is life-affirming.”

Hacker was editor of The Kenyon Review from 1990 to 1994 and currently teaches at City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has published translations from the French of poetry by Claire Malroux, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Dominique de Villepin, Marie Etienne, and others. She divides her time between New York and Paris.

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