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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 11, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 29
Poet Galway Kinnell Reads at Hodson Hall

Galway Kinnell

By Charles Beckman
Center for Talented Youth

Poet Galway Kinnell gives the eighth annual Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Talented Youth.

Kinnell is recognized as one of the great living practitioners of American poetry. His Selected Poems, published in 1980, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Kinnell is a former MacArthur "genius grant" fellow and state poet of Vermont.

"Kinnell is a poet of the rarest ability," writes Liz Rosenberg of The Boston Globe, "the kind who comes once or twice in a generation, who can flesh out music, raise the spirits and break the heart." Vogue magazine states that "Galway Kinnell mesmerizes his audience — in person as well as on the page."

As Kinnell himself has said of his craft, "Poetry is the singing of what it is to be on our own planet."

Kinnell's volumes of poetry include A New Selected Poems (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award; Imperfect Thirst (1996); When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990); Selected Poems (1980); and other volumes. He has also translated Rainer Maria Rilke and, when not at home in Vermont or on the reading circuit, he is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University.

Preceding this year's reading, cellist Gita Ladd will perform J.S. Bach's Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 5. Doors will close for the performance, which begins at 3 p.m., and reopen at its conclusion after about 20 minutes so any latecomers may be seated for Kinnell's reading. A reception and book signing follow the reading.

Joining CTY as co-sponsors are Gilman School, Baltimore, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative, New York. The cello performance, reading and reception are all free and open to the public; tickets are not needed. For more information, call 410-735-6009.


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