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January 22, 2009

Literary Reading Series features Princeton poet in January

Susan Stewart
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The Purdue University Literary Reading Series will feature poet Susan Stewart during a reading on Jan. 29.

Stewart, who is author of the poetry collections "Red Rover," "Columbarium," "The Forest," "The Hive" and "Yellow Stars and Ice," will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program.

Her books about literary criticism include "The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics" and "Poetry and the Fate of the Senses," which was awarded both the 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2004 Truman Capote Award in Literary Criticism.

Stewart has co-translated Euripedes' "Andromache" with Wesley Smith, and selected prose of the Scuola Roman painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini. She also has collaborated with composer James Primosch on a song cycle commissioned by the Chicago symphony.

Stewart is a professor of English at Princeton University where she teaches the history of poetry and aesthetics. In 2005, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Stewart is the recipient of two grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pew Fellowship for the Arts, and fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Daniel Tyx, Literary Reading Series coordinator, (765) 742-6030,

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Note to Journalists: Journalists interested in an interview with Susan Stewart can contact Daniel Tyx, Literary Reading Series coordinator, (765) 742-6030,

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