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. Maxine Kumin, U.S. Poet Laureate 1981-82, will read October 28 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Kumin’s verse is deeply connected to her native New England. In an interview with Bob Hoover of the Post-Gazette, Kumin described her work as the exploration of the world around her. “I write out of my own experience. For me, my life is a metaphor for my work.” Reviewing one of Kumin’s books for the New York Times Joyce Carol Oates commented, “The setting is rural New England, but the imagination is boundless.”
Kumin’s 17th poetry collection, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010, and The Roots of Things: Essays, were both published this past spring, as was a children’s story, What Color is Caesar? which is a re-release of a book Kumin first published in 1978.
Kumin served as New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 1989-1994, during which time she was also a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She has taught at many of the country’s most respected universities, including Princeton, Columbia, Brandeis, MIT and the University of Miami, served on the staff of the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences and given readings or conducted writers’ workshops in nearly every state in the U.S. In 2005, Kumin received Harvard’s Arts Medal.
She has also won the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes, the Poet’s Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Robert Frost Medal and the 2009 Paterson Award for distinguished achievement.
Free tickets for the reading are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Series readings frequently 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 series is named for Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, Donald Hall’s family homestead which has inspired much of his writing. Hall co-founded the series and presented the inaugural reading in 1998.
The next program in the series will be a Robert Frost Celebration at 7 p.m. March 31. Charles Simic will wrap up this year’s series April 14 at 7 p.m.
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