Poet Wesley McNair is PSC Authors’ Series Reader

February 2nd, 2001 by Adam

Betsy Cheney

January 31, 2001

Wesley McNair, author of six books of poetry plus a collection of essays about poetry in northern New England that is due out this month, will read in the Plymouth State College Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
McNair directs the writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he recently received the Libra Professorship and the Distinguished Faculty Award. He is also a visiting professor in the creative writing program at Colby College. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts. Other honors accorded McNair include the Devins Award; the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry magazine; the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest; first prize for poem of the year in Yankee; and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal (also awarded to Robert Frost, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, May Sarton et. al.) for his “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.”

A recent series aired over affiliates of PBS on Robert Frost for which McNair wrote the scripts received an Emmy Award. Featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” his work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize annual, two editions of The Best American Poetry, and over thirty-five anthologies and textbooks.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named in honor of Donald Hall, who lives at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead which has inspired much of his writing. Tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series are free, but seating is limited. Please contact the Box Office at 535-ARTS for reservations. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is sponsored in part by the Plymouth State College Bookstore (Barnes and Noble).