The Catholic University of America

April 6, 2006

CUA Presents Spring Poetry Reading on April 19

Event Features Work of Acclaimed Poets Stanley Plumly and Carolyne Wright

Catholic University's Department of English presents a spring poetry reading featuring work by two of America's leading poets, Stanley Plumly and Carolyne Wright, at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 19.

The event will be held in Great Room A of the Pryzbyla Center.

Plumly's seven books of poetry include "Out-of-the-Body Travel," which won the William Carlos Williams Award and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "In the Outer Dark," which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award.

"In poem after poem, I find a great - and teasingly original - satisfaction," said novelist and poet laureate Robert Penn Warren in describing Plumly's work.

Wright also has published several books of poetry. Her collection "Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire" won the Blue Lynx Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry and the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her investigative memoir of her experiences in Chile on a Fulbright study grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende, "The Road to Isla Negra," received the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and the Cross Boundaries Award from International Quarterly.

Wright's new book of poems, "A Change of Maps," "traverses the American landscape - its primal beauty and human diminishment - and explores the tensions in the nature of this country, its mix of cultures, and its losses both national and personal," says poet Betsy Sholl.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation, which is sponsored by the CUA Department of English.

For more information about the reading please call the English department at 202-319-5488.

MEDIA: To make arrangements to cover the reading contact Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,