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VISITING WRITERS SERIES AT REED BEGINS IN OCTOBER

The fall season of the Reed College Visiting Writers series begins with a reading by Carolyn Forché on Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. in the Reed psychology auditorium. Forché is the author of three books of poetry: Gathering the Tribes, for which she received the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, The Country Between Us, for which she received the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1981, and her most recent work, The Angel of History (1995). Forché has also been anthologized in many editions and appeared on the PBS Bill Moyers special, "The Language of Life."

All readings, which are sponsored by the Reed Visiting Writers Program, are free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events line at 777-7755. The schedule for the rest of the fall season follows.

JAN BEATTY
Thursday, October 31, psychology auditorium, 8 p.m.

Jan Beatty, winner of one 1990 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, has worked in a variety of environments including diners, burger joints, hoagie huts, jazz clubs, and maximum security prisons, and has held such jobs as a welfare caseworker, rape counselor, and nurse's aide. She won the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press for her first book, Mad River, and she received the State Street Press Chapbook Prize for 1995 for her chapbook, Ravenous Beatty has also received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

CARLOS REYES
Thursday, November 14, psychology auditorium, 7 p.m.

Carlos Reyes, a native of the Pacific Northwest, worked for many years in its logging camps, fisheries, and fields. He holds advanced degrees in romance languages and has for 30 years been editor for Trask House Books, an independent publisher of poetry and fiction. Reyes has taught at Portland State University and the University of Maine and is the author of many chapbooks as well as four full-length collections: The Prisoner, The Shingle Weaver's Journal, Nightmarks, and his most recent, A Suitcase Full of Crows (Bluestem, 1995).

MARTÍN ESPADA
Thursday, November 21, psychology auditorium, 8 p.m.

Born in Brooklyn in 1957, Martín Espada now lives in Amherst, where he teaches English at the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of four books of poetry: The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (1982), Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction (1987), Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (1990), and The City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1995). His work has also appeared in various publications such as the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties. Espada has received many awards for his work, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.