Poet Maggie Dietz Gives Talk on Poetry at Southern Vermont College

March 13, 2014

Maggie Dietz, author and Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will deliver a lecture, entitled “An Invitation to Poetry,” at Southern Vermont College on Thursday, April 10. The lecture, which is free and open to the general public, will take place in the Everett Theatre at 2:25 p.m. A reception will follow in the Burgdorff Gallery where guests will have an opportunity to speak with Dietz.

In addition to Dietz’s earlier lecture, at 7 p.m., The College will host “A Community Reads Favorite Poems,” where members of the audience will have an opportunity to read aloud a poem of their choice and to listen to those that others read.

A resident of New Hampshire, Dietz’s book of poems, “Perennial Fall” (University of Chicago, 2006) won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement.

 “The New York Times Book Review” described “Perennial Fall” as “intimate, idiomatic and thoroughly original”; “Publisher’s Weekly” described the “quiet humility, even resignation” of poems born out of “the elegiac tradition in which Dietz works, one designed to answer the largest questions of all.”

Dietz is the director of the Favorite Poem Project, a national undertaking founded by Robert Pinsky during his time as U.S. Poet Laureate for his dedication to celebrating, documenting and enhancing poetry’s role in American lives. With Pinsky she co-edited three anthologies related to the project: “Americans’ Favorite Poems” (W.W. Norton & Co., 1999), “Poems to Read” (Norton, 2002), and “An Invitation to Poetry” (Norton, 2004).

Dietz is a recipient of several awards including the Grolier Poetry Prize, the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as “Poetry,” “Ploughshares,” “Agni,” “Harvard Review” and “Salmagundi.”

This event concludes the College’s 2013-2014 lecture series, entitled “Look Within, See Beyond: Nurturing Growth and Resilience.”

For more information on the lecture, contact the College’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or communications@svc.edu.