Renowned poets to share their road taken


Sept. 25, 2015

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Internationally known poets Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari will discuss their work and offer a joint reading Oct. 9 when Slippery Rock University hosts The 35th Anniversary Conference of the English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities.

Their presentation will be from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. SRU professors will conduct workshops and give interactive presentations during the Oct. 9-10 conference for students and professors.

"SRU is fortunate indeed to be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the English Association of State Pennsylvania Universities with the annual conference at its home campus and to have the celebrated poets Gerald Stern and Anne Macari participating in the conference," said Nancy Barta-Smith, SRU professor of English.

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Stern, author of 17 books of poetry and a National Book Award winner, taught at Temple University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book is "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes."

"At 90, the prolific author is ever more productive," Barta-Smith said.

Macari authored four books of poetry and founded the master of fine arts program at Drew University where she also teaches poetry. Her most recent book, "Red Deer," resulted from her exploration of French caves.

"It rings with the daring, earthy voice of a woman always reclaiming the relationship of the body to the earth," Barta-Smith said.

Barta-Smith said she interviewed Stern for an article published in SRU's 10th anniversary edition of "The Sound and Literary Art Book" (SLAB). The connection helped bring Stern and Macari to SRU to share their most recent work.

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