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Montgomery Fellows for 2007

Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton (Photo by Mark Lennhan/AP

Lucille Clifton, a poet, historian, children's author, memoirist, and professor, and Robby Barnett '72, Michael Tracy '73, and Jonathan Wolken '71, artistic directors of Pilobolus Dance Theater, will be Montgomery Fellows for the winter and spring terms.

Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, Clifton has published 11 collections of poems, including Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 (2000), winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. She is the author of the 1976 memoir, Generations, and of some 20 children's books.

Clifton received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Dartmouth in 2005. Her citation read in part, "By telling the stories about your past-both your own family history and your wider African and African American heritage-you have helped tell all our stories, and by chronicling injustices and problems of our current world, you underline our obligations to each other."

Clifton will hold a public poetry reading and conversation on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

Founded in a Dartmouth dance class in 1971, Pilobolus is an internationally known touring company that performs over 100 shows annually. The group's innovative choreography is inspired by the body shapes of the seven-person troupe. It was described as "like gymnastics, burlesque, modern dance, and the human equivalent of Claymation," in an October article in the Chicago Sun-Times. The company has received numerous honors, including the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and, in 2004, it was the subject of a feature profile on the CBS program 60 Minutes.


The artistic directors of Pilobolus will hold a public panel discussion on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth Hall.

Dartmouth will also celebrate the transfer of the Pilobolus archives to the Rauner Special Collections Library with a series of events in April, including a symposium on the history of modern dance and the use of dance archives, sponsored by the Leslie Humanities Center; master classes; and two Pilobolus performances presented at the Hopkins Center.


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Last Updated: 5/30/08