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September 1, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Renowned poet Annie Finch will be the first guest in the Simon's Rock College of Bard Poetry and Fiction Series. The series, which begins with her reading on September 13 at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Annie Finch, author of five volumes of poetry, is a poet whose vision has also encompassed libretti and other musical and theater collaborations, as well as five innovative poetry anthologies.

Finch's recent works include Calendars ( Tupelo, 2003); The Encyclopedia of Scotland (Salt Press, 2004); and a book of essays on poetry, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self ( University of Michigan Press, 2005). Since 2005, she has served as Director of the Stonecoast Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.

Finch has also edited several groundbreaking and popular anthologies, including A Formal Feeling Comes (Story Line, 1994) and An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art (University of Michigan, 2002).

Poet Molly Peacock has this to say of Finch's work: "Mesmerizing and original, Finch occupies a unique place in American poetry: no one writing today so playfully and intelligently combines lyric and ritual."

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky tells us of the poems in Annie Finch's Eve, these "poems convey that they have summoned and commanded form, not the reverse--which is a way of saying that this is genuine poetry."

Annie Finch is also an alumna of Simon's Rock College of Bard.

On Wednesday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m., the series continues with poet, editor, and critic David Yezzi reading from his work. The Executive Editor of The New Criterion, Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model, which appeared in 2003 from TriQuarterly Books. His critical writing has appeared in The New Yorker and the New York Times, and his poems have been published in The New Republic, Paris Review, Yale Review and New England Review.

Bard College professor and the author of four short story collections, Mary Caponegro will read from her fiction on Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. Her books include Five Doubts and The Complexities of Intimacy, and 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.

On Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Blodgett House. Le Thi Diem Thuy, the author of the acclaimed novel The Gangster We Are All Looking For, reads from her fiction. Born in Southern Vietnam and raised in California, she has held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her solo performance works have also been performed at the Whitney Museum and at the International Women Playwrights festival in Galway, Ireland. Her first novel was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2003.

The readings of the annual Poetry and Fiction Series take place in Blodgett Hall. For more information, please call 528-7395.

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