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PATRICIA GOEDICKE OPENS SPRING VISITING WRITERS SERIES ON FEBRUARY 13

Reed's visiting writers series will begin the spring semester with a reading by poet Patricia Goedicke at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, in the psychology auditorium. The season will continue with Jennifer C. Cornell on February 27, Kathleen Alcala on March 6, Agha Shahid Ali on April 3, and Robin Becker on April 18 (full schedule and descriptions follow). All events are free and open to the public; for more information, call 503/777-7755.

Patricia Goedicke is the author of nine collections of poetry, including The Tongues We Speak (a 1990 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year), Paul Bunyan's Bearskin, and the 1997 Invisible Horses (Milkweed Editions). She has received numerous awards for her work, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Montana, which recently awarded her a distinguished scholar award for creative activity.

Thursday, February 27, psychology auditorium, 8 p.m.
jennifer c. cornell
Cornell's stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, and Quarterly West. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories of 1995, and in 1994 her collection of short stories, Departures, received the Drue Heinz Literature Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She teaches at Oregon State University, where she is completing a book on representations of Northern Ireland in contemporary British television drama.

Thursday, March 6. psychology auditorium, 8 p.m.
kathleen alcala
Alcala is assistant editor of The Seattle Review and co-founder of The Raven Chronicles, a magazine of multicultural art, literature, and the spoken word. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, which won the King County publication award of 1992, and a novel, the first of a trilogy, Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grades, recently published by Chronicle Books.

Thursday, April 3, psychology auditorium, 8 p.m.
agha shahid ali
Ali is director of the M.F.A. creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His seven collections of poetry include The Half-Inch Himalayas (Wesleyan University Press), A Walk Through the Yellow Pages (SUN/gemini Press), A Nostalgist's Map of America (Norton), The Beloved Witness: Selected Poems (Viking Penguin), and The Country without a Post Office (Norton, 1997). Also a translator and critic, Ali has received a number of awards for his writing from, among other places, the Guggenheim Foundation.

Friday, April 18, psychology auditorium, 8 p.m.
robin becker
Becker is associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches in the M.F.A. program. Her poems and book reviews have appeared widely in such publications as American Poetry Review, The Boston Globe, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. Recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute, she is the author of three books of poetry: Backtalk (Alice James Press, 1982), Giacometti's Dog (Pittsburgh, 1990), and All-American Girl (Pittsburgh, 1996).