Monday, May 10, 2010

Calendar Alert: Poet Wesley McNair at Dartmouth, May 13

This is the culmination of a competition at Dartmouth and will feature Wesley McNair reading his work. A good chance to enjoy meeting this Maine poet, as well as connecting with the new poets at the college. Here's the invitation:
Please join us on Thursday, May 13 at 4 pm in Sanborn Library for our annual creative writing awards ceremony.  Our guest reader and prize judge, is Wesley McNair. Wesley McNair's latest book is "Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems."  Also reading will be this year's student winners of the creative writing prizes.

Wesley McNair is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in literature, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for Creative Writers, and in 2006 a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000, fifty of which were awarded across the arts to a selection of "America's finest living artists." Other honors include the Robert Frost Prize; the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry (for Fire); the Devins Award for poetry; the Eunice Teitjens Prize from Poetry magazine; the Theodore Roethke prize from Poetry Northwest; the Pushcart Prize, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal (also awarded to Robert Frost, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Robert Lowell, May Sarton, Arthur Miller, Richard Wilbur, et. al.) for his "distinguished contribution to the world of letters". Wesley McNair has served four times on the Nominating Jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and is a two-time recipient of residencies at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation in Italy. A television series aired over affiliates of PBS on Robert Frost for which he wrote the scripts received an Emmy Award. Featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition (Saturday and Sunday programs) and several times on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, his work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Annual, two editions of The Best American Poetry, and over fifty anthologies and textbooks.
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