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Creative Writing Department Welcomes National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Graber

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SFUAD Creative Writing Department Welcomes National Book Award Finalist Kathleen Graber as Spring 2016 Visiting Writer

Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, Correspondence and The Eternal City

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Lauren McDaniel

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

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lauren.mcdaniel@santafeuniversity.edu


Santa Fe, N.M.—Feb. 10, 2016—National Book Award Finalist, poet Kathleen Graber, is coming to Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) this February as the Creative Writing & Literature Department’s Spring 2016 visiting writer. Graber will be giving a free public reading and Q&A at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in O’Shaughnessy Performance Space on campus. In addition, she will visit with classes from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24.

Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, including The Eternal City (2010), chosen for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. She has also authored Correspondence (2006), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Graber’s poems engage themes of grief, yearning, and the intersection of mental and geographical landscapes. A reviewer with Publishers Weekly has written that, “[W]hat makes Graber’s poems so fresh and wild are the associative slips that happen between the distant past and the urgent present.” In a 2007 interview for Kicking Wind, Graber states, “I do believe poetry changes the world: it changes the world by changing the way we think about the world.”

“To my mind, there is no contemporary poet who surpasses Kathleen Graber for lyric intelligence, breadth of subject matter, and complexity of engagement,” said Matt Donovan, award-winning poet and faculty in the Creative Writing & Literature Department. “Her unexpected juxtapositions and sheer range of metaphor, diction, and material are a constant source of astonishment for me. I’m incredibly excited to have her visit SFUAD for a reading of her work and to discuss poetry with our students.”

Graber is a recipient of fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has also been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and an Amy Lowell Travelling Scholar. Graver is currently an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has also taught at New York University. She earned a BA in philosophy at Hofstra University and an MFA from New York University.

Visiting Poet: Kathleen Graber Reading and Q&A

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m.

O’ Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall, SFUAD Campus

1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe

This reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susanne Miller at 1-505-473-6200.

About SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department

The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.

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