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Former Poet Laureate Mark Strand to Read, Lecture Apr. 15-16

Story posted April 09, 2009

Robert Goodnough, American, born 1917, Large Rectangles Large, 1964-65, Oil and acrylic on canvas, Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection, © Robert Goodnough.

Mark Strand, former U.S. poet laureate, will present two public events at Bowdoin College April 15 and 16, 2009, in conjunction with the opening of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's major exhibition, New York Cool.

Strand will give a reading at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. One of America's premier poets, Strand has published such collections as the recent New Selected Poems (2007) and Man and Camel (2006). His collection Blizzard of One won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999.

Strand will give the lecture "A Lesson in Looking" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. This keynote address is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Department of English, the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Alpha Delta Phi Society.

Both events are open to the public and admission is free. For more information call 207-725-3275.

Mark Strand served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1990 to 1991. He is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. At Bowdoin he has been named the Geoffrey Stanwood Visiting Writer sponsored by the Alpha Delta Phi Society Literary Fund.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Strand has received numerous awards and honors, including the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, a MacArthur Fellowship, Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

The exhibition New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection is a nationally traveling exhibition organized by New York University's Grey Art Gallery. Curated by NYU professor and art critic Pepe Karmel and drawn entirely from the New York University Art Collection, the show features more than 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, including significant works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg. New York Cool will be on view at the Bowdoin College Museum Art from April 17 through July 19, 2009.

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