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New Poet in Residence to Present Reading

Gerry LaFemina, Frostburg State University’s distinguished poet in residence for the spring 2004 semester, will present a poetry reading on Monday, Feb. 16, in Lane University Center’s Atkinson Room 201, at 7:30 p.m.

LaFemina is the author of four collections of poetry, several short stories and four short collections of poetry known as “chapbooks.” He has two more books slated for release this year, one of which received the Bordighera Prize for 2003 and will be published in both English and Italian. He has also co-translated “Voice Lock Puppet,” a collection of Turkish poems by Ali Yuce.

LaFemina brings many years of experience to FSU. He published his first poems while he was still an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College. His first two books of poetry contain works that he wrote as a graduate student at Western Michigan University. He has been teaching for the past 10 years.

“I think the [FSU] campus is beautiful. My colleagues are terrific and the students seem enthusiastic. That’s the best thing. The students want to be in the classroom. That’s exciting,” he says.

LaFemina’s books include “23 Below,” “Shattered Hours: Poems 1988-94,” “Zarathustra in Love” and “Graffiti Heart,” winner of the Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize. “Window Facing Winter” will be published this spring, and “The Parakeets of Brooklyn,” winner of the Bordighera Prize, will be published this fall.

For more information, contact the FSU 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 at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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