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Reed College's spring visiting writers series opens with a reading by poet Patricia Goedicke on Thursday, February 8, at 8 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium. The remainder of the spring schedule follows. All readings are free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

PATRICIA GOEDICKE–Thursday, February 8
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Patricia Goedicke is the author of 12 collections of poetry, including As Earth Begins to End (Copper Canyon Press), 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. Co-sponsored by the Mountain Writers Series.

DAVID MACDONALD–Thursday, February 22
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

David R. MacDonald was born in Cape Breton Nova Scotia, and grew up mostly in Ohio. He has received two Pushcart Prizes for his short stories, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, an Ingram Merrill Award, and an O. Henry Award. His short stories collection Eyestone was published by Viking Penguin. His novel Cape Breton Road will be published by Harcourt Brace early in 2001. He teaches at Stanford University.

ROBIN CODY–Thursday, March 15
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Robin Cody was born in St. Helens and grew up in Estacada, Oregon. A graduate of Yale, he taught at the American School of Paris and was dean of admission at Reed before taking up freelance writing in 1984. Cody is the author of Ricochet River (Knopf, 1992), a novel that is set in small-town Oregon and is full of rivers, fish, and Indian lore. Voyage Of A Summer Sun (Knopf, 1995) is the account of Cody’s 82-day solo canoe trip down the Columbia River, from its source in Canada to its mouth at Astoria. Voyage Of A Summer Sun won the 1995 Oregon Book Award for literary nonfiction and the 1996 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. He lives with his wife, Donna, in Portland.

DAVID SHIELDS–Thursday, March 29
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

David Shields’s most recent book, Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the PEN West Award in creative nonfiction. His other books include another work of autobiographical nonfiction, Remote, which received the PEN/Revson Foundation Award; a collection of linked stories, A Handbook for Drowning; and two novels: Heroes and Dead Languages. His essays and stories have been published in dozens of periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Vogue, Details, the Village Voice, Utne Reader, Conjunctions, and Threepenny Review. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

HENRY TAYLOR–Thursday, April 5
8 p.m., Gray Center Lounge, in the Kaul Auditorium Building

Henry Taylor teaches literature and co-directs the M.F.A. program in creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C. He has published five books of poems; the third, The Flying Change, received a Pulitzer Prize in 1986; the fourth, Understanding Fiction, appeared in 1996; and his most recent, Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews, appeared last spring. His book of essays on contemporary poets, Compulsory Figures, appeared in 1992 from Louisiana State University Press. Among his other works, he has published a translation of Sophocles’ Electra. Co-sponsored by Portland State University Literary Arts and the Mountain Writers Series.

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