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National Book Award Finalist to Visit FSU

Frostburg State University's Department of English and Western Maryland Writers' Workshop will host poet and recent National Book Award Finalist Lawrence Raab for two events on Monday, Oct. 14. Raab will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. in Lane University Center’s Manicur Assembly Hall and, with Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn, conduct a 3 p.m. seminar in the Ort Library, room 237.

Lawrence Raab's accolades range from the prestigious National Book Award Finalist citation to fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Michigan Society of Fellows and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including “Poetry,” “ The New Yorker,” “The Paris Review” and “The Kenyon Review.” The author of five collections of poetry, his next book, entitled “Visible Signs: New & Selected Poems,” will be published by Penguin in April 2003. Raab teaches at Williams College in Massachusetts.

About Raab's work, Mark Strand says, "’The Probable World’ is a superb book. Each poem in it compels our attention, draws us in to sad awakening or to happy illumination. Raab has an ear for the cadences of ordinary speech that suggest the extraordinary. The casual tone, the offhand remark are not only the means by which sense establishes itself but also the way it takes on a miraculous resonance. . . Lawrence Raab is one of American's best poets and he is writing better than ever."

In the afternoon seminar, Raab and Dunn will present "Versions and Revisions: Ways of Talking About Poems" and will use early drafts of their own poems and poems of their students to discuss the revision process.

Both events are free and open to the public. Raab's evening reading will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, please call the FSU Department of English, 301-687-4221.

This event is sponsored, in part, by the Office of the Provost, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Studies, and the Office of Student and Community Involvement.

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 at 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