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September 15, 2006

POET AND CRITIC DAVID YEZZI WILL READ FROM HIS WORK IN THE POETRY AND FICTION SERIES AT SIMON'S ROCK COLLEGE OF BARD

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — The next guest in the Poetry and Fiction Series at Simon’s Rock College of Bard will be poet, editor and critic David Yezzi. Yezzi will read from his work on September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Blodgett House. The reading is free and open to the public.

Yezzi is editor of The New Criterion, and his books include the poetry collections Sad Is Eros and The Hidden Model, as well as his forthcoming edition, The Zoo Anthology of Younger Poets. His poems have been appeared in The Yale Review, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry Daily and The New Criterion. His literary essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, Poetry and elsewhere. He is also an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company.

Yezzi directs the 92 Street Y’s Poetry Center, and before that position, he was chief administrator of The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He earned a BFA in theater from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University School of the Arts.

The series continues on Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., with Mary Caponegro, Bard College professor and the author of four short story collections, who will read from her fiction. Her books include Five Doubts and The Complexities of Intimacy, and she is the winner of numerous awards and prizes, including a General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers, a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, the Bruno Arcudi Award, and the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College.

The final reading in the Poetry and Fiction Series will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Le Thi Diem Thuy, the author of the acclaimed novel The Gangster We Are All Looking For, will read from her fiction. Born in Southern Vietnam and raised in California, she has held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her solo performance works have also been seen at the Whitney Museum and at the International Women Playwrights festival in Galway, Ireland. Her first novel was named a New York Times Notable Book of the

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