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Poet Conrad Hilberry presents reading at WMU

March 29, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Kalamazoo College professor and poet Conrad Hilberry will present a reading from his work at Western Michigan University at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall.

A reception will follow, and books by Hilberry will be available for sale by Athena Bookstore. Sponsored by the WMU Department of English, the reading is free and open to the public.

Hilberry is the author of nine books of poetry, including "The Moon Seen as a Slice of Pineapple," "The Lagoon," "Player Piano," "Taking Notes on Nature's Wild Inventions," and "Sorting the Smoke: New and Selected Poems," which won the 1990 Iowa Prize.

He has also edited three anthologies of works by Michigan poets and received many fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, Breadloaf, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Among the awards he has garnered are the Michigan Arts Award, the Emily Clark Balch Prize and the Community Medal of Arts from the Greater Kalamazoo Council for the Arts. His poems have appeared in such publications as the Antioch Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Poetry and Shenandoah.

A resident of Kalamazoo, he has been a professor at Kalamazoo College for nearly 40 years.

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

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