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Former State Poet of Pennsylvania to Read at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Poet Samuel Hazo will read from his work at Le Moyne College on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Curtin Special Events Room, Campus Center.

The author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, Samuel Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. A National Book Award finalist, he was chosen the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Robert Casey in 1993, serving until 2003.

His book of poems,Just Once,” received the Maurice English Poetry Award in 2003. More recently he published a collection of poems titled “A Flight To Elsewhere” as well as a prose collection titled “The Power of Less: Essays on Poetry And Public Speech.”

His previous works include “The Holy Surprise of Right Now” and “As They Sail” (poetry), “Stills” (fiction), “Feather,”Mano A Mano” and “Watching Fire, Watching Rain” (drama), “Spying For God” (essays) and “The Pittsburgh That Stays Within You” (memoir). His translations include Denis de Rougemont’s “The Growl of Deeper Waters,” Nadia Tueni’s “Lebanon: Twenty Poems For One Love” and Adonis’ “The Pages of Day And Night.”

Hazo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Duquesne University and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 445-4390.





posted on: 11/3/2009