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Poet Marvin Bell reads next in Frostic Series

Nov. 2, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Poet and essayist Marvin Bell will read from his work as part of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. All readings in the series are open to the public free of charge.

Bell was for many years the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and served two terms as the state of Iowa's first Poet Laureate. He now teaches for the brief-residency MFA based in Oregon at Pacific University and splits the year between Iowa City, Iowa, and Port Townsend, Wash.

The most recent of his nineteen collections of poetry and essays are "Iris of Creation," "The Book of the Dead Man," "Ardor," "Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000," "Rampant," and his latest collection, "Mars Being Red." Bell is the recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Poetry Review and Poetry Magazine, and has held Senior Fulbright Appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.

Fall 2007 Frostic Reading Series

Monday, Sept. 17, poet William Olsen
Monday, Oct. 1, playwright Rich Orloff
Wednesday, Oct. 10, poet and essayist Lia Purpura
Monday, Oct. 29, novelist Robin Hemley
Wednesday, Nov. 7, poet and essayist Marvin Bell
Wednesday, Nov. 14, novelist Victor LaValle

All readings are at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Elizabeth Marzoni at elizabeth.s.marzoni@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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