FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 29, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens

ward.mullens@emich.edu

734.487-4400

 

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED POET ADRIENNE RICH TO SPEAK AT EASTERN MICHIGAN APRIL 14

YPSILANTI - Adrienne Rich, nationally renowned poet and theorist, will give a poetry reading April 14, 7:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Michigan.

Rich also will participate in an informal question and answer session at 11 a.m., Multicultural Center, King Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Rich is the recipient of the 1996 Tanning Award for Mastery in the Art of Poetry, and has also been honored with an Academy of Poetry Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Common Wealth Award in Literature, the National Book Award, two Guggenheims and the MacArthur Fellowship. The author of more than 15 volumes of poetry, her most recent collection of poems, "Midnight Salvage," was published in 1999.

Rich also is known for declining the National Medal for the Arts in 1997, explaining that her view of art is incompatible with the policies of the Clinton administration.

Rich wrote: "There is no simple formula for the relationship of art to justice. But I do know that art -- in my own case the art of poetry -- means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage."

This event is sponsored by EMU's English department. For more information, call 487-4220.

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