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3/16/04

Poets Christopher Arigo and Anne Waldman to Read for Poetry Series

Salt Lake City-March 16, 2004-The 2003-3004 Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series welcomes poets Christopher Arigo and Anne Waldman to Westminster College. They will read Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. Arigo's first collection of poetry, Lit interim, won the 2001-2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize and was published by Pavement Saw Press in 2003. He earned his MFA from Colorado State University and teaches English and creative writing at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's in Salt Lake City. Poet Cole Swenson has said that "a dense new apocalypse of vivid, relentless images, Christopher Arigo's debut volume is rich and somehow hopeful." Poet David Bromige, who selected Arigo's book, writes, "From the outset I felt myself in the presence of a master, one who counted syllables, without self-consciousness, who trusted his bond with language, in its manifest physicality, to show him the way...Our culture is held here, this poetry blooms like a beautiful mold that is fed it but could not be predicted by it."

Born in New York City, Waldman is cofounder (with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she is now the Distinguished Professor of Poetics. She has also directed the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, and taught at the Schule fur Dichtung in Vienna. Waldman has performed her work internationally, frequently collaborating with musicians, dancers and video artists. She has strong personal links to the New York School, the Beat Literary Movement, and the experimental strands of the New American Poetry. A veritable whirlwind of cutting-edge energy, she is the author of 30 books. Her most recent include Vow to Poetry (Coffee House, 2001), a book of essays and interviews, Marriage: A Sentence (Penguin, 2000), a book-length series of haibun, a Japanese form in which prose pieces are juxtaposed with verse responses; and most recently, In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems 1985-2003 (Coffee House, 2003).

The reading will take place in the Gore School of Business Auditorium on the campus of Westminster College and is open to the public at no charge. A reception will follow the reading, and a book signing sponsored by Sam Weller's. Free parking is available at 1700 South and 1200 East.

This year's sixteenth annual poetry series is funded by a grant from Salt Lake County through its Zoo, Arts, and Parks program. For more information, please contact Dr. Natasha Saje, associate professor of English and director of the series, at (801) 832-2376 or e-mail her at nsaje@westminstercollege.edu.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.