Visiting Writer Alumnus Kuusisto to Give Poetry Reading – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Visiting Writer Alumnus Kuusisto to Give Poetry Reading

Geneva, NY—Stephen Kuusisto, a Hobart graduate and former faculty member, will give a reading from his recently published book of poems, Only Bread, Only Light, as well as a short excerpt from his best-selling memoir, Planet of the Blind, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith campus. A dessert reception will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

Kuusisto teaches creative writing as an assistant professor of English at Ohio State University and serves as a spokesperson for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. His first book was the best-selling memoir Planet of the Blind (Dial Press, 1998), a reflection on leading a life with extremely low vision. The New York Times has called Kuusisto, “a powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor,” and The Sunday Times of London has said, “Kuusisto's writing is a joy: clear, poetic, and embellished with wonderful imagery. His poetry has given him extra sight.”

Kuusisto has a master's degree from the University of Iowa. He is the editor of The Poet's Notebook: Selected Journals of American Poets and a contributing editor of Seneca Review, a Hobart and William Smith literary magazine that emphasizes poetry. Kuusisto's poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Poetry, and Partisan Review.

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