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April 6, 2004

Contact Bill Stobb @ 796-3486 or westobb@viterbo.edu

AWARD-WINNING POET BRENDA HILLMAN TO SPEAK AT VITERBO

LA CROSSE, Wis.--Nationally recognized poet Brenda Hillman will read at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo University Recital Hall Thursday, April 22, 2004. Hillman will also host a reading and discussion period "The Poet, The Poem, The Reader" from 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Murphy Center Rm. 402 the same day.

Hillman is the author of six collections of poetry including Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, and Cascadia as well as three chapbooks and several essays. Her experimental poetics have earned her Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry.

In addition to her prize-winning work as a poet, Hillman will speak about her work on a recent critical text, The Grand Permission: New Writing on Poetics and Motherhood, which she co-edited. The text includes essays by contemporary mothers who are poets, including Claudia Keelan and Carolyn Forche, and explores many aspects of the relationship between motherhood and poetry. Hillman’s own essay in the collection sheds light on her experiments with poetic form, connecting the body of a poem to her experience of motherhood.

These events are free and open to the public.  A book signing will follow the reading. For more information contact Bill Stobb at 608-796-3486.

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