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APSU welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn Oct. 14

Michael Blumenthal, current occupant of APSUs Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, says, Stephen Dunn is, at the same time, one of the most wisely moving– and yet also one of the most accessible–poets working in America today. He is a poet of rare tact, warmth, and–above all–humanity, a poet whose work, gratefully, appeals to both poets and non-poets alike. You don't, in fact, NEED to be a poet to appreciate his work: You need, merely, to be human.
Michael Blumenthal, current occupant of APSU's Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, says, “Stephen Dunn is, at the same time, one of the most wisely moving— and yet also one of the most accessible—poets working in America today. He is a poet of rare tact, warmth, and—above all—humanity, a poet whose work, gratefully, appeals to both poets and non-poets alike. You don't, in fact, NEED to be a poet to appreciate his work: You need, merely, to be human.”

What more do you need to mark your calendar for the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's reading at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Gentry Auditorium of APSU's Kimbrough Building?

The author of 13 poetry collections, Dunn won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Different Hours.”

His latest collection, “The Insistence of Beauty: Poems,” traces the changing nature of love. The Miami Herald says, “Mindful that the world is fragile and essentially subjective, Dunn has molded our eyes to accommodate what's out there.”

A distinguished professor of writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Dunn received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995. Among his other awards are the Levinson Award for “Poetry” magazine and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His book, “Local Time,” was a winner of the National Poetry Series in 1986.

The reading, sponsored by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.
—Rebecca Mackey