Pulitzer Prize-Winner/Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Mark Strand, Poetry Reading, 4/4

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 -- 12:30 p.m.
University Hall
7th Floor Conference Center

Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former United States poet laureate, will visit Montclair State University on Wednesday, April 4, for a poetry-reading and book-signing. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the University Hall Conference Center, seventh floor.

Strand is the author of numerous works of poetry and prose including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Blizzard of One (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998) and his most recent collection, Man and Camel (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006).

The poet is also the subject of an upcoming book by Montclair State University alumnus James Nicosia. The volume, Reading Mark Strand: His Collected Works, Career, and the Poetics of the Privative, (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, May 2007) will chronicle Strand's poetic career.

Strand's many honors include the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He is a former chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and currently teaches at Columbia University.

The event is presented by Montclair State University's College of the Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Writers Committee and the Department of English.

"We are delighted to bring Strand's talent and works to Montclair," said Laura Nicosia, assistant professor of English at Montclair State. "His poetry is compelling and his performances are mesmerizing."