New Jersey Poet Laureate Gerald Stern to Speak at Rowan University

New Jersey Poet Laureate Gerald Stern to Speak at Rowan University

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Rowan University?s English Department will sponsor an evening of poetry featuring New Jersey?s first Poet Laureate Gerald Stern along with Anne Marie Macari on February 20 at 8 p.m. in Boyd Recital Ha
Award-winning poet Anne Marie Macari will also appear.

Rowan University?s English Department will sponsor an evening of poetry featuring New Jersey?s first Poet Laureate Gerald Stern along with Anne Marie Macari on February 20 at 8 p.m. in Boyd Recital Hall, Wilson Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Applauded as the modern Walt Whitman, Stern has published nine poetry collections throughout his 20 year career. He became New Jersey?s first poet laureate in April 2000, and will hold the title until his term expires in March 2002. He has received many awards, including the National Book Award, the Lamont Prize and a Guggenheim. He also has taught at many universities, including Columbia University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Anne Marie Macari is the author of Ivory Cradle, a book of poems that was awarded the 2000 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. She has published in numerous journals, including Field, TriQuarterly, Ohio Review and Courtland Review. She studied at Oberlin College and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence.

The appearances are sponsored by the English department through a gift from 1960 alumnus Robert Norton. In addition to the February event, the University will welcome Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States on November 6, 2002. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

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