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U.Va. Creative Writing Program to Host Poet David Wojahn

Award-winning poet David Wojahn will give a reading at the University of Virginia on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. in the U.Va. Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public.

He will spend a week at U.Va. as the Rea Visiting Writer, will talk about the craft of poetry writing and meet with creative writing students in the MFA program in the College of Arts & SciencesEnglish department.

A professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches writing, Wojahn is also a faculty member of the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College of the Fine Arts.

Wojahn’s most recent collection, “World Tree,” which was published last year, received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. “Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2004” (2006), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was the winner of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Award.

Reviewing “World Tree,” poet Linda Gregerson said it is “a book of consummate vision and artistry. Exquisitely cadenced, politically astute, large of heart and keen of mind, these are poems of extraordinary moral penetration. They are also a joy to read: David Wojahn is working at the height of his powers.”

Among his other poetry collections are “Icehouse Lights,” winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize in 1982, and “Spirit Cabinet” (2002).

Wojahn is also the author of a collection of essays on contemporary poetry, “Strange Good Fortune”; co-editor of “A Profile of 20th-Century American Poetry”; and editor of two posthumous collections of Lynda Hull’s poetry.

His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Wojahn was educated at University of Minnesota and University of Arizona.

The Rea Visiting Writers Series is funded through the Dungannon Foundation in memory of Michael Rea, an ardent supporter of the arts and U.Va.

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