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March 29, 2007


Poet Marie Ponsot to Give Reading
at Bryn Mawr College


Poet Marie Ponsot, whose 1998 collection The Bird Catcher received that year's National Book Critics Circle Award, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ely Room of the Wyndham Alumnae House.

The New York Times described the 85-year-old Ponsot's poems as "a little like a jeweled bracelet, carefully carved, with small, firm stones embedded in it. Her subjects are domestic life, friendship, marriage and sometimes swimming."

A mother of seven who devoted much of her young life to raising children, Ponsot has published a great deal of her work in the last 19 years, starting with 1988's The Green Dark.  Other recent collections include The Bird Catcher and her latest work, Springing: New and Selected Poems.

Her other collections are 1957's True Minds and Admit Impediment (1981).

Ponsot teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University and is the recipient of the 2005 Poetry Society of America's Frost Medal.

Free and open to the public, Ponsot's appearance is part of the College's yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and playwrights.  For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

Ponsot is one of four poets taking part in this year's Creative Writing Program Reading Series who, in addition to holding a reading, will be spending several weeks at Bryn Mawr College as a guest instructor in a poetry master class.

The reading is sponsored by a gift from Florence Newman Trefethen '43 and the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.


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