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Event features poet laureate

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Former U.S. poet laureate, Robert Hass, and Brenda Hillman, also an award-winning poet, will read selections of their work and sign books April 7 at Sierra Nevada College. The event, which is scheduled to celebrate national poetry month, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Prim Library. Refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

Hass served two consecutive terms as U.S. poet laureate from 1995-97. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Hass significantly broadened the role of poet laureate to include not only his love for poetry but also his concern for literacy and his passion for environmentalism.” His awards include two MacArthur Genius Fellowships, two National Book Critics’ Circle Awards and the Yale Younger Poets Award. Currently a professor at UC Berkeley, his books include “Field Guide,” “Praise,” “Human Wishes” and “Sun Under Wood” as well as translations and critical works including “Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry and The Essential Haiku.” Hass is the founder of the River of Words program, an organization that focuses on issues of literacy and ecology.

Also an activist, environmentalist and acclaimed poet, Hillman is the author of seven books of poetry “White Dress,” “Fortress,” “Death Tractates,” “Bright Existence,” “Cascadia,” “Loose Sugar” and her most recent work “Pieces of Air in the Epic.”

She co-edited the collection “The Grand Permission: New Writing on Poetics and Motherhood.” Currently, she is a professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. Hillman has been a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation among other honors.

Pamela Greenberg writing for the Harvard Review said, “If you are like me, you will read her and find you have entered a mind that, with all its quirks and subtexts, reminds you uncannily of your own. Hillman shows that poetry can teach us through metaphor something about the pure pleasure of being alive.”


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