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10/29/96

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Poet Laureate Robert Hass to speak at Stanford

STANFORD -- United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass will give a public reading of his poetry at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Kresge Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Hass is the author of several books of poems, including Human Wishes, Praise, the recently published Sun Under Wood and Field Guide, which won the Yale University Younger Poets first book award. He also has published a collection of essays, Twentieth Century Pleasures, and co-translated, with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, several volumes of Milosz's poems. Hass has edited volumes of the work of the Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, the Slovenian poet Tomaz Salmun and the American poet Robinson Jeffers. His most recent translation is The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa.

Hass is a San Francisco native who has lived most of his life in California whose landscapes inform both his poetry and his prose. He received his doctorate from Stanford and currently is a professor of English at the University of California-Berkeley. He has received numerous awards, honors and prizes, including the William Carlos Williams Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1984, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. In addition to his post as Poet Laureate of the United States, Hass also is consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress.

The reading is the first of three public events that will be sponsored this year by the Creative Writing Program's Lane Lecture Series. The series is endowed by Jean and Bill Lane.

For more information call 725-1208.

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