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Award-Winning Poet to Visit Frostburg State University
02/20/2001

Nationally acclaimed poet Robin Becker will visit the campus of Frostburg State University on Monday, March 12, to present an evening reading, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.

A winner of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Becker is the author of five collections of poetry. Weaving together themes of community, suicide and love of animals, she writes about her sister's death, aging parents and a basset hound, "legless as a walrus," that shows her "the meaning of character." In other poems, she speaks through the persona of a French painter and an Auschwitz victim to explore the complexities of sexuality and survivorship. At times humorous, poignant and tender, the poems in her most recent book, The Horse Fair, have earned widespread praise. Becker teaches at Pennsylvania State University

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing. Sponsors for Becker's appearance include the Western Maryland Writers' Workshop, the FSU Department of English and the Office of the Provost. For more information, call the Department of English at 301-687-4221.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu