WMU News

Award-winning poet Kleinzahler to present reading

Sept. 10, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Former taxi driver and logger and now award-winning poet August Kleinzahler will be on the Western Michigan University campus to read from his work at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in 3512 Knauss Hall. A reception will follow on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

The reading, sponsored by the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Kleinzahler is the author of five books of poetry, including "Earthquake," "Weather," "Red Sauce," "Whiskey," and "Snow and Green Sees Things in Waves." He has received numerous awards including the Lila Acheson Wallace/Readers Digest Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the Academy of American Poets.

Kleinzahler, whose more unusual jobs have included working as a taxi driver, locksmith, logger and apartment manager, has taught creative writing courses at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Now living in San Francisco, he also teaches creative writing to homeless veterans in the Bay area.

For more information, contact Julie Stotz at (616) 373-9212.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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