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National Book Award Finalist to Hold Reading Oct. 28

A National Book Award finalist and the first poet laureate of Pennsylvania Samuel Hazo will hold a public reading at Fontbonne University Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in the library's Lewis Room as part of the university's writers reading series. The reading is free and open to the public.

The author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Penn. He is also the McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for 43 years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

His latest collection of poems, "The Song of the Horse: Selected Poems 1958-2008," appeared last summer. "A Flight To Elsewhere" was published in 2005, as was a prose collection, "The Power of Less: Essays on Poetry And Public Speech." His translations from Arabic into English include Denis de Rougemont's "The Growl of Deeper Waters," "Nadia Tueni's Lebanon: Twenty Poems For One Love" and "Adonis' The Pages of Day And Night." His book of poems, "Just Once," received the Maurice English Poetry Award in 2003. He has been awarded nine honorary doctorates. He was most recently honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater. A National Book Award Finalist, he was chosen the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Robert Casey in 1993, and he served until 2003.

For more information, call 314-889-1477 or e-mail jsommer@fontbonne.edu.