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Poetry Readings, Lecture to Conclude Ohio Wesleyan University’s Carpenter Series

March 5, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University will round out its Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture Series with a poetry reading by Tyrone Williams, chairman of the English department at Xavier University, and a lecture and poetry reading by Adam Kirsch, a book critic for The New York Sun. The events are free and open to the public and will be streamed at stream.owu.edu.

A leading African American poet, Williams is the author of the chapbook “Convalescence” and the manuscript “The Adventures of Pi,” a finalist in the 1992 National Poetry Series. He earned a grand prize at the Philosopher’s Stone Poetry Competition in 1993 and participated in the acclaimed Djerassi Resident Artist Program in 1999. Williams will read samples of his poetry at noon March 23 in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave.

Adam Kirsch, one of America’s leading younger poets, is a former poetry reviewer for The New Republic and The New York Times. His debut poetry collection, “The Thousand Wells,” earned the New Criterion’s Poetry Prize in 2002. Kirsch will give a lecture titled “Reality and Justice” at 4 p.m. March 27 and a poetry reading at noon March 29. Both events will be held in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library.

The Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture Series was established in 1967 by the late O. William Carpenter in honor of his wife. Past lecturers have included National Book Award and Nobel Prize winners, as well as the 2004-2006 National Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, who visited Ohio Wesleyan on Feb. 23.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.