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Lucille Clifton is Montgomery Fellow This Term

Winter term Montgomery Fellow Lucille Clifton, a poet, historian, children's author, memoirist, and professor, will hold a public poetry reading and conversation on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall. Clifton is also participating in the College's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Lunch on Monday, Jan. 15, at noon in Collis Common Ground.

Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton

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."

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Last Updated: 12/17/08