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Award-Winning Poet Comes to Hobart and William Smith

October 26, 1999 GENEVA, NY – Poet Janet Sylvester, who won the PEN Discovery Award and the Grolier Poetry Prize for her poetry, will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday, November 4.

While on campus Sylvester will read from her collection of poems, The Mark of Flesh, published last year by W.W. Norton, at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Earlier in the day, Sylvester will answer questions and talk about her work at 5:15 p.m. in Gulick Hall, Room 100. Both events are fee and open to the public.

The Mark of the Flesh explores the ever-shifting ground between men and women. Melding themes of the historical, sexual, and political, Sylvester creates a post-modern map of America that is provocative and moving and proves her to be one of the most impressive poets of her generation. Her new book has been described by poet Dave Smith as a “knock-out collection…The Mark of Flesh is restless, savvy poetry that recognizes no boundaries it will not challenge.”

Janet Sylvester's first collection of poems That Mulberry Wine was published by Wesleyan University Press. Sylvester's poems have been included in Best American Poetry and The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets. She teaches at Harvard University.

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