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Noted Poet-Critic Alan Williamson Will Present A Talk And Reading At U.Va. As Rea Visiting Writer

February 2, 2004 -- Alan Williamson, one of America’s most respected poets and literary critics will visit the University of Virginia the last week in February as the Rea Visiting Writer in the English Department. He will give a talk about the craft of poetry on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and will read from his work on Thursday, Feb. 26. Both presentations are open to the public and will be held at 8 p.m. at the U.Va. Bookstore.

Williamson, professor of English at the University of California-Davis, is known for his meditative, accessible poetry, which has been selected for the annual “Best American Poetry” collections. His poetry books include “The Muse of Distance,” “Presence,” “Res Publica” and “Love and the Soul.”

His criticism is aimed at both an academic and general audience. Among his highly praised critical books are “Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry” and “Pity the Monsters: the Political Vision of Robert Lowell.”

Williamson received at Ph.D. at Harvard and taught at U.Va. and Harvard before joining the UC-Davis faculty in 1982. His many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

During his U.Va. visit he will work with students in the English Department’s Creative Writing Program.

Contact: Creative Writing Program , (434) 924-6675.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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