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Creative Arts, Field Biology to host 2 evenings with poet, Hass

The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology will co-sponsor a poetry reading and book signing.

Robert Hass will read his poetry at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Kimbrough Building Gentry Auditorium. He also will lead a panel discussion on environmental awareness, titled Stewards of the Earth, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Sundquist Science Center Tommy Head Atrium. A reception and book signing will follow the discussion. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology will co-sponsor a poetry reading and book signing.

Robert Hass will read his poetry at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Kimbrough Building Gentry Auditorium. He also will lead a panel discussion on environmental awareness, titled “Stewards of the Earth,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Sundquist Science Center Tommy Head Atrium. A reception and book signing will follow the discussion. Both events are free and open to the public.

Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including “Field Guide,” “Praise” and “Human Wishes.” He also has written a book of essays on poetry, “Twentieth Century Pleasures.” Hass translated many of the works of Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz and was the guest editor of the 2001 edition of “Best American Poetry.”

Hass' involvement with environmental issues led him to found River of Words (ROW), an organization that promotes environmental and arts education in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Hass is chair of ROW's board of directors and judges the group's annual international environmental poetry and art contest for youth. He is also a board member of International Rivers Network.

Hass was chosen as Educator of the Year by the North American Association on Environmental Education and, in 2005, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Panelists for the discussion Oct. 5 include Lindsay Bland, executive director of the Red River Watershed Association; David Evans, president of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association; Dr. Joe Schiller, associate professor of biology at APSU; Ben Namakin, an environmental educator from Micronesia; Jeff Barrie, producer of the award-winning documentary, “Kilowatt Ours;” and Dave Pelton, executive director of Clean Cities of Middle Tennessee. The panelists will discuss the environmental challenges that face citizens and what can be done to protect the future.

Photos and information about Hass are available for viewing at http://www.barclayagency.com/hass.html.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Susan Wallace with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts by telephone at (931) 221-7031 or by e-mail at wallacess@apsu.edu. -- Electra Frederick