Go back

Acuff Chair Blumenthal presents poetry reading Sept. 29

Austin Peay presents a reading by award-winning poet, novelist and essayist Michael Blumenthal, current occupant of APSUs Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.

Blumenthal will read from his work at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in APSUs Gentry Auditorium, located in the Kimbrough Building.
Austin Peay presents a reading by award-winning poet, novelist and essayist Michael Blumenthal, current occupant of APSU's Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.

Blumenthal will read from his work at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in APSU's Gentry Auditorium, located in the Kimbrough Building.

The author of six books of poetry, Blumenthal's most recent, “Dusty Angel,” received the Isabella Gardner Prize. The recipient of a Fulbright, a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller/Bellagio and other prizes, Blumenthal has been widely published in such journals as The Paris Review, The Nation and Poetry, as well as anthologized in “The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry,” “The Harvard Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry” and “The Pushcart Prize Anthology.” His novel, “Weinstock Among the Dying,” won the 1994 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Fiction.

Blumenthal most recently served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Literature at the Université Jean-Monnet and Lecturer in Creative Non-Fiction at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. He was director of the Creative Writing Program at Harvard University from 1988-93.

Library Journal says, “There aren't many poets these days who can get away with using words like beautiful and wonderful and good—but in Blumenthal's work, these words seem fresh and underutilized. Blumenthal writes in a style that is pure, simple, utterly accessible, loving, lyrical and full of emotion.”

His presentation is sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The reading is free and open to the public.
—Rebecca Mackey