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The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University will host Charles Simic, poet, essayist, translator and editor at a reading and reception at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 6 at the Silver Center.
A reviewer for The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Few contemporary poets have been as influential-or as inimitable-as Charles Simic. For more than 30 years his work has claimed citizenship to its own dreamlike land.”
Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1938 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1954. His first poems were published in 1959 when he was 21. In 1961 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and in 1966 he earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University. His first full-length collection of poems, What the Grass Says, was published the following year. Since then he has published more than 60 books in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2005 Simic published a new collection, My Noiseless Entourage: Poems, and Aunt Lettuce, I Want to Peek Under Your Skirt, a collection of erotic poems illustrated by Howie Michels.
Elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000, Simic’s many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1973 he has lived in New Hampshire, where he is professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.
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. This is the eighth season for the series, which is supported by a generous grant from Barnes & Noble PSU Bookstore.
There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are required. Call the Silver Center box office at 535-ARTS. Box office hours are noon – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before performances.
Other programs in this year’s series are:
April 2, 3 p.m., Jean Valentine; May 7, 3 p.m., Donald Hall