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The Montgomery Endowment at Dartmouth College presents "A Reading with Galway Kinnell," January 20

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/19/09 • Media Contact: Sarah Gomez (603) 646-3661

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Galway Kinnell
Galway Kinnell

Award-winning poet Galway Kinnell will be in residency at Dartmouth College from Jan. 13 to Feb. 27 as one of two Montgomery Fellows selected for the winter term by the College’s Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment. Kinnell will give a public reading of his work Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall.

Kinnell, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, most recently Strong Is Your Hold: Poems (2006). Other well known Kinnell works include A New Selected Poems (2000), When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990), Selected Poems (1983), for which he received both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, The Book of Nightmares (1971), and What a Kingdom It Was (1960).

Richard Stamelman, Montgomery Endowment executive director, said, “Kinnell is one of the most vital and important of America’s living writers, a poet of the physical world.” According to Stamelman, “Kinnell listens to what he calls the ‘undanced cadence of vanishing.’ Through poetry and love he searches the darkness for the ‘thrilling, tragic light’ that illuminates, if only for a moment, our transitory lives.”

Kinnell's honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Rockefeller Grant, the 1974 Shelley Prize of the Poetry Society of America, and the 1975 Medal of Merit from National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 2002 Kinnell was awarded the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America. He has served as poet-in-residence at numerous colleges and universities, including the University of California at Irvine, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence, Brandeis, and New York University where he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing for 25 years. He has also served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and as the State Poet of Vermont.

While in residency, Kinnell will teach a non-credit course for selected students in the creative writing program. He will also meet with students at different Montgomery-sponsored lunches, dinners, and discussion groups. Professor of English Cleopatra Mathis, who holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe ’35 Professorship in the Art of Writing says, “Galway is not only a major contemporary poet, but an experienced teacher of the highest order and a generous person. Our students are extremely lucky to have him with us.”

The winter-term Montgomery series will conclude with Peter Sellars, a director of theater, opera, and film, who is scheduled to be in residence as a Montgomery Fellow Feb. 6 to Feb. 13. His visit to Dartmouth is part of Class Divide, the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ three-year, cross-campus/community programming initiative examining the issue of class through arts. Sellars will present his public lecture, titled, “New Crowned Hope: The Arts in the Age of Obama,” on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 in Moore Theater.

Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of 1925), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created “to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community.”

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