Literary Octoberfest at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross will host its second annual Literary Octoberfest during the week of Oct. 19, 1998.  Funded by the Lannan Foundation, the program will feature a weeklong series of readings by some of the country’s most renowned writers.  The readings will take place in the Dinand Library Browsing Room, with the exception of Richard Wilbur’s, which will take place in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom.  All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule runs as follows:

Monday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.-Kurt Brown and Holy Cross faculty members will read from Verse & Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics.  Faculty members will include Robert Bertin (Biology), Timothy Curran (Chemistry), David Damiano (Mathematics), and Robert Garvey (Physics).  At 7 p.m.-Anne Michaels, winner of the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas and author of the novel,  Fugitive Pieces, and two books of poetry, Miner’s Pond and The Weight of Oranges.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.-Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, professor of English at Princeton University, and author of Magic City, Dien Cai Dau, and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m.-- Emily Hiestand, senior literary editor of Orion Magazine and author of Angela the Upside-Down Girl: And Other Domestic Travels and The Very Rich Hours: Travels in Orkney, Belize, the Everglades, and Greece will hold a nature writing workshop.  At 7 p.m. she will give a reading of her work.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.-Marilyn Hacker, author of Separations, Assumptions, and Selected Poems, 1965-1990.  Hacker is the winner of the National Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award.

Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.-Janet Holmes, author of The Green Tuxedo and The Physicist at the Mall will give a workshop and reading.  Holmes is the winner of the Anhinga Prize.  At 7 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom--Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate of the United States and author of Things of This World, Walking to Sleep, The Mind-Reader, and New and Collected Poems.