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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass to read work Thursday

The celebrated American poet Robert Hass will read a selection of his poetry at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Kresge Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Hass is visiting Stanford this quarter under the auspices of the Creative Writing Program's Mohr Visiting Poet Series, which was endowed this year by Lawrence and Nancy Mohr.

Lawrence Mohr is co-founder of Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture-capital firm in Menlo Park; Nancy Mohr, a published poet, teaches poetry in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County schools. Hass is the inaugural Mohr Visiting Poet. He is currently teaching an undergraduate seminar titled "Forms, Dreams, Precisions: A Course in Reading Poems."

The author of four books of poems and a collection of essays, Hass served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995 to 1997. His first poetry collection, Field Guide, earned the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1973. This was followed by Praise, Human Wishes and Sun Under Wood: New Poems, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997. His book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures, was published in 1983 and also won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Hass also has worked as a translator and editor.



By John Sanford

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