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National Poetry Prize Winner Karen Swenson to read at Hamilton College

By Holly Foster  |  Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted September 29, 1999
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Poet and journalist Karen Swenson, who won the 1993 National Poetry Prize, will read from her work on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Chapel at Hamilton College. Sponsored by Hamilton's English department, the reading is free and open to the public.

Swenson earlier this year published her fifth book of poetry, A Daughter's Latitude: New and Selected Poems. The work combines nearly 50 new and previously unpublished poems with work from four out-of-print volumes. Presented chronologically, these poems track the development and maturation of Swenson's voice, which has been profoundly affected by her extensive and often perilous travels.

She is the author of four previous collections of poetry and recipient of the National Poetry Series Award for The Landlady in Bangkok. Her work has also won acclaim from the Pushcart Prize, the Arvon Foundation in England and the Ann Stanford Award. Swenson's poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry and Paris Review; her writings on world travel have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New Leader. She has travelled the globe and taught at universities and colleges across the country, including Skidmore College, the University of Idaho and City College of New York, where she taught for 15 years. She lives in New York City and currently teaches at Barnard.M

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