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Dorianne Laux and Kevin Young - Distinguished Writers Series

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Published on Mar 16, 2015

Dorianne Laux and Kevin Young visited Wellesley to read from their respective works and speak at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities on March 11, 2015.

Dorianne Laux's fifth collection, The Book of Men was the winner of The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry (finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award) and Smoke, as well as The Book of Women, and Dark Charms. Co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she's the recipient of three Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She directs the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.

Kevin Young is the author of Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels; Dear Darkness; For the Confederate Dead; Book of Hours and the film noir in verse Black Maria. Young was a 1993 Nation Poetry Series winner for Most Way Home, a finalist for the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets for To Repel Ghosts: Five Sides in B Minor, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award forJelly Roll: A Blues. Young is also the author of a non-fiction book, The Grey Album, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the 2013 PEN Open Book Award. He is the editor of several collections, most recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 and The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink. Young is currently Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English, and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

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