Donald Hall at Plymouth State University September 16

September 2nd, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.— The 2010-2011 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series (EPAS) at Plymouth State University will honor four U.S. Poets Laureate, all with ties to New Hampshire.

This season’s first reader will be Donald Hall, September 16 at 7 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center.

Hall, who was U.S. poet laureate in 2006, has long been a friend to PSU and helped to develop and implement the EPAS. The series is named for Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead which has inspired much of his writing. Hall presented the inaugural reading in 1998.

In 1980 Plymouth State University awarded Hall his first honorary degree, and in 1997 University alumni selected him as the recipient of their prestigious Robert Frost Contemporary American Award. He was New Hampshire poet laureate from 1984–1989.

Considered one of the major American poets of his generation, Donald Hall writes poetry that explores the longing for a more bucolic past and reflects his abiding reverence for nature and an ever-present consciousness of mortality.

Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at the age of 16—the same year he had his first work published. He earned a B.A. from Harvard in 1951 and a B. Litt. from Oxford in 1953.

Hall has published 15 books of poetry, beginning with Exiles and Marriages in 1955. His memoir, Unpacking the Boxes: The Life of a Poet, was published in 2008.

Besides poetry, Hall has written books on baseball, the sculptor Henry Moore, and the poet Marianne Moore. He is also the author of children’s books, including Ox-Cart Man, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1980; short stories, including Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories and plays.

Free tickets for the reading are available at the Silver Center Box Office,(603) 535-ARTS(2787) or (800) 779-3869. Series readings usually sell out.

A book signing and reception will follow the reading, which is presented by the Silver Center and supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group.

The next reader in the series will be Maxine Kumin at 7 p.m. October 28. On March 31, Hall will lead a group of readers in a celebration of Robert Frost. Charles Simic will wrap up this year’s series April 14 at 7 p.m.

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