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WHAT:           Poetry and Fiction Reading by Eric Ormsby and A.G. Harmon


WHEN:           5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18      


WHERE:        Life Cycle Institute Auditorium

Catholic University

620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:      Eric Ormsby, a professor of Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, will give a poetry reading at Catholic University, along with CUA lecturer and novelist A.G. Harmon, who recently was nominated for the 2003 Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for fiction. 


                        Ormsby, considered to be one of the leading poets of his generation by John Updike, among others, has had his work included in The Norton Anthology of Poetry and most of the other major literary journals of the United States, Canada and England, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Oxford American. He began publishing his poetry while serving as director of libraries at CUA from 1983 to 1986.


                        Harmon, who teaches legal writing, jurisprudence and law and literature at the CUA Columbus School of Law, wrote the Hemmingway/PEN-nominated novel “A House All Stilled” (University of Tennessee Press, 2002). The novel was published after his manuscript won the 2001 Peter Taylor Prize Award, sponsored by the Knoxville (Tenn.) Writers’ Guild.


The readings are free and open to the public and the press. A reception will follow. For more details, contact Rosemary Winslow at 202-319-5488.


SPONSORS: The CUA University Honors Program, Department of English, Columbus School of Law, John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library and the Graduate Student Organization.


MEDIA:         To arrange coverage of the event, contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.