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Poetry Reading by Dave Smith and Judith Harris


5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8


The Catholic University of America
Pryzbyla Center, Great Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Catholic University presents a poetry reading featuring poems by two leading American poets, Dave Smith and Judith Harris.

Smith's 14 books of poetry include two that have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and one that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle. He currently is the Elliot Coleman Professor of Poetry and chairman of the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. From 1990 to 2002, he was the editor of the prestigious Southern Review at Louisiana State University, where he was also the Boyd Professor of English.

Whether he writes of the weirdness of discount shopping malls, a pig's tail, or fractured romance, Smith finds that, behind everything, as the image of memory's candle in the darkness reveals, is the singular reality of love. "Dave Smith makes poems of terrific experience, yet with all the talent and pitch of acquired skills that we must demand of esteemed poets, with the essential language," writes poet Norman Dubie.

Judith Harris has published four books of poetry, including The Bad Secret and Atonement, both from the Louisiana State University Press, as well as the book, Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self Through Writing. She is currently an adjunct professor teaching creative writing at The Catholic University of America.

In poems such as "My Father Throws His Camera Down the Grand Canyon, 1968," she confronts life's secrets with their hidden meanings inspired by guilt and redemption, offering a music of tenderness and hope.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception, refreshments and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, please call the English department at 202-319-5488.


The Department of English and CUA's Graduate Student Association