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October 31, 2007
CONTACT: Amy Lunday

Poet Douglas Dunn to Give
Three Readings at Johns Hopkins

Nov. 12 and 13 on the Homewood campus;
Nov. 15 at the School of Medicine

Renowned Scottish poet Douglas Dunn will visit The Johns Hopkins University's campuses in Baltimore for three events in November: a reading on Monday, Nov. 12, and a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 13, both presented by the Writing Seminars at the Homewood campus; and a reading on Thursday, Nov. 15, presented by the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. All the events are free and open to the public.

The reading on Nov. 12 will be at 6 p.m. in Mergenthaler Hall, Room 111, on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The Nov. 13 event is the 96th annual Percy Graeme Turnbull Memorial Poetry Lecture and will be at 6 p.m. in Maryland Hall, Room 110, also on the Homewood campus. The Turnbull Poetry Lecture, given through the generosity of a gift made in 1889 in memory of Percy Graeme Turnbull (1878-87), has brought to Homewood some of the most distinguished voices in American poetry and criticism, including Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden, Charles Eliot Norton, R.P. Blackmur, Northrop Frye, W.S. Merwin and Harold Bloom. For information about these two events, contact Douglas Basford at dbasford@jhu.edu or (410) 516-6139.

The Nov. 15 event is part of The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center's Inaugural Arts and Psychiatry Series. It starts at 5 p.m. in Hurd Hall at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St. in Baltimore. Under the theme "Grief and Depression: Disease or the Human Condition?" the event includes introductory remarks by Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness; a reading by Dunn from his collection Elegies, which was written after his wife's death from cancer in 1981 and named the Whitbread Book of the Year for 1985; and an interview with Dunn conducted by J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and psychiatrist-in- chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. For information about this event, call 443-287-3480.

Dunn has published over a dozen collections of poems, including Elegies. He is a professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and is head of the Scottish Studies Center there. He was named an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2003. Dunn became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1981 and is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to newspapers and journals including the Glasgow Herald, the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement in the United Kingdom. Biographies of Dunn can be found online at www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_se/dunn/home.html and www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth137.