Thursday, November 06, 2008

Calendar Alert: Poet Cynthia Huntington, Friday 11/7, St. Johnsbury Academy's Library

Award-winning Vermont poet Cynthia Huntington, a Dartmouth professor, will read from her book “The Radiant” at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday November 7 at 3:30 p.m.
The event, the first in this year’s Fireside Literary Series, is free and open to the public. The Academy Department of English co-sponsors this series and encourages students and the wider community to engage with this powerful literature. The reading will be held in the fully accessible Grace Stuart Orcutt Library in the Mayo Center on campus.
Huntington has already seen three of her collections of poetry published, most recently “The Radiant,” which won the 2001 Levis Poetry Prize. In awarding the prize, Susan Mitchell noted, “This is a book about human spirit and intelligence wrestling with the terrible, struggling not to be broken, admitting ‘I am that stuff that can be destroyed,’ yet through that very admission becoming, at least for this reader, ‘the stuff that cannot be destroyed.’ Disturbing, even harrowing, these poems are also ravishingly beautiful and deeply felt meditations on the world, meditations enacted by a poet who is highly intelligent and emotionally complex, equally capable of detachment and intensity.”
In addition to her lyric and exhilarating investigations of life and its meaning, Huntington tackles the impact of chronic illness in her work.
She is also the author of a work of prose, “The Salt House.” Kingdom Books will provide copies of Huntington’s work for purchase before and after the reading.
For more information, contact library director Jean Fournier at 802-751-2100.

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