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REED VISITING WRITERS SERIES OPENS WITH MICHAEL BYERS

Reed College's visiting writers series for spring 1999 begins on Thursday, February 4, at 8 p.m. in the psychology auditorium with a reading by Michael Byers, author of The Coast of Good Intentions (Houghton Mifflin, 1998). All readings by visiting writers, which are sponsored by the Reed College English department, are free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

The schedule for the visiting writers spring season follows. All readings are held at 8 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium.

Thursday, February 4
MICHAEL BYERS

A Seattle native, Michael Byers's fiction has appeared in Prize Stories 1995: The O. Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories 1997, and various magazines. A former Stegner Fellow, he has also received a grant from the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Foundation and a 1998 Whiting Writer's Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.

Thursday, February 18
FRED HAEFELE

Fred Haefele's fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as the Missouri Review, Epoch, Newsday, and the New York Times magazine. He is the recipient of fellowships from Stanford University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His memoir, Rebuilding the Indian, was published by Riverhead Books in June 1998, when it was selected for the Barnes and Nobel Discover Program. He teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Montana.

Thursday, February 25
JIM SHUGRUE

Jim Shugrue's poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as International Quarterly and Poetry East and in two chapbooks: Small Things Screaming (26 Books), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Icewater (Trask House Books, 1997). His work was recognized by an Oregon Arts Commission poetry fellowship and by the (N.Y.) Open Voice Award. A founding editor of Hubbub Magazine, he has taught workshops or given readings at places such as Lewis & Clark, Clark College, PSU, and the U of Montana.

Thursday, March 11
HENRI COLE

Currently the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Poetry at Harvard, Henri Cole is a former writer in residence at Reed College and former executive director of the Academy of American Poets. He has won numerous awards for his writing: the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship, and the Prix de Rome. His poems have appeared in magazines that include the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the New Republic, and in four books: The Marble Queen, The Zoo, Wheel of Knowledge, and The Look of Things. Of his most recent volume, The Visible Man, Harold Bloom has written, it "persuades me that Cole will be a central poet of his generation."

Wednesday, March 17
C.S. GISCOMBE

C. S. Giscombe, an English professor at Pennsylvania State University, has also taught at Illinois State University and Cornell University, where he edited Epoch magazine from 1983 to 1989. His essays and poetry have appeared widely, and his books include Postcards, Two Selections From Giscome Road, and At Large. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Fulbright Foundation and has gathered praise from, among others, Nathanial Mackey, Adrienne Rich, Robert Creeley, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. His last two books, Here (1994) and Giscome Road (1998) from Dalkey Archive, are book-length poems on place and identity. Giscombe has a book of essays, Into and Out of Dislocation (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), due out this summer.

Thursday, April 8
KATHLEEN HALME

Kathleen Halme, who currently teaches at Western Washington University, is the author of Every Substance Clothed (winner of the 1995 University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series competition and of the Balcones Poetry Prize) and of an earlier chapbook, The Everlasting Universe of Things (Harperprints, 1994). She completed her M.F.A. at the University of Michigan, where she won the prestigious Hopwood Award. Her poems have been published in journals such as TriQuarterly and American Voice and earned her a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her most recent book is Equipoise (Sarabande Books, 1998).