For release: February 28, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis’ River City Writers Series will welcome poet and essayist
Albert Goldbarth for two events on Wednesday, March 16. He will conduct an interview
at 10:30 a.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 456, and read from his work at 8 p.m. in the
University Center Bluff Room. Both events are free and open to the public.
Goldbarth was born in Chicago in 1948. He received his B.A. degree from the University
of Illinois and his MFA degree from the University of Iowa. He has published more
than 25 collections of poetry, including The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007. He is the only poet to receive the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, for
Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology and for Saving Lives. Goldbarth has written several collections of essays, including A Sympathy of Souls, Great Topics of the World andMany Circles, winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award.
His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim
Foundation. In 2008 he won the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry.
He is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University,
where he has taught since 1987.
The River City Writers Series is sponsored by the Writing Program, the Creative Writing
Club, the Department of English, the Hohenberg Foundation, Student Event Allocation,
the Fellowship of Southern Writers, P.A.U.S.E. (Professional Assertive United Sisters
of Excellence), and Stonewall Tigers.
RCWS is the longest running reading series in the nation, serving the U of M and the
community since 1977.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-678-4692.