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Poet laureate Robert Pinsky to speak at Stanford

Robert Pinsky, poet laureate of the United States, will return to Stanford, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry in 1964, on April 6 and 7.

Pinsky will give a public reading of his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Kresge Auditorium. He will talk about translating Dante at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Encina Commons, room 119.

Both events, which are sponsored by the Creative Writing Program's Jean and Bill Lane Lecture Series, are free and open to the public. For more information, call 725-1208.

The Times Literary Supplement called Pinsky's first book of poetry, Sadness and Happiness, published in 1975, "the best work by any younger poet within recent memory." His other books of poetry include An Explanation of America (1980), History of My Heart (1984), The Want Bone (1990), and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996 (1996).

Pinsky also is a distinguished translator whose verse translation of Dante's Inferno was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Pinsky currently is professor of graduate writing at Boston University and the poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine Slate.


By Diane Manuel

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