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R-MWC to host Reading

Poet Claire Bateman to read from latest book on Nov. 16

10/28/2005 2:08:42 PM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph-Macon Woman’s College will host a reading by Claire Bateman, a critically-acclaimed poet, on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Jack Lounge of Smith Hall Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Bateman will read from her just-released book, Leap.

Claire Bateman received her B.A. in English from KenyonCollegein 1978 and her M.F.A. from VermontCollegein 1993. She is the author of five books of poetry: The Bicycle Slow Race, Friction, At The Funeral of the Ether, Clumsy, and Leap. She has also received awards from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Pushcart Prize. She has taught at ClemsonUniversityand ChattanoogaStateUniversity, and at summer writing conferences such as Bread Loaf and MountHolyoke.She teaches at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, S.C.

“To read Bateman’s poetry is to realize that even the brightest among us are often confounded by life,” said Dennis Morton, co-host of The Poetry Show. “In Leap, we are treated not just to a compelling conspiracy of “things,” like sofas and dresses, but also to meditations that place our worldly concerns in healthy perspective. Though Leap is her fifth book, Claire Bateman is still a secret to too many of us who love good poetry.”

For more information, contact Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager, at 947-8142.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations