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October 13, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — The Poetry and Fiction Series at Simon's Rock College of Bard will continue on Wednesday, October 25, with a reading by Mary Caponegro. The reading, which will be held in Blodgett House at 7:30 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature and Writing at Bard College and the author of four short story collections, Mary Caponegro is a unique voice in fiction.

Her books include Tales from the Next Village, The Star Cafe, Five Doubts, and The Complexities of Intimacy. She is the winner of numerous awards and prizes, including a General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers, a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, the Bruno Arcudi Award, and the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College.

In a Los Angles Times Book Review, Caponegro's fictions were described as "elegant depictions of lives and places, almost devoid of narrative but full of quiet power and the vivid imagery of a fever dream." In a similar vein, legendary writer, playwright and novelist John Hawkes once said of her: "Mary Caponegro is a strikingly original and imaginative writer of short fiction. The language makes me think of solid light and floating flowers."

The Poetry and Fiction Series at Simon's Rock, coordinated by faculty member in Literature Peter Filkins, hosts writers of achievement and attracts audiences from throughout the region. The readings are followed by a question and answer period in which members of the community are encouraged to participate.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706