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March 13, 2006

Award-winning poet to visit ULM March 22

On Wednesday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the library, ULM will host poet Dara Wier, who will recite her award-winning poetry.

Of her poetry, The Harvard Review has said, "Recalling at moments the philosophical comedy of Wallace Stevens and Wislawa Szymborska, many of Wier's colloquial stanzas draw a reader away from a recognizable world into one in which women waltz with bears, houseflies chat with colonels, and the absence of sound makes a material presence."

Wier was born in New Orleans in 1949. She received her MFA in 1974 from Bowling Green State University.

Her work has been included in recent volumes of Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. The American Poetry Review awarded her the Jerome Shestack Prize in 2001. She received a Pushcart prize in 2002, and has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.

She directs the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.

Wier is the author of nine collections of poetry: Reverse Rapture (2005), Hat on a Pond (2002), Voyages in English (2001), Our Master Plan (1998), Blue for the Plough (1992), The Book of Knowledge (1988), All You Have in Common (1984), The 8-Step Grapevine (1980), Blood, Hook & Eye (1977). She was a Phi Beta Kappa award finalist for Our Master Plan.

In fall 2006, Wave Books will publish Remnants of Hannah, her tenth book.

This event is free of charge.

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