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Language of Conservation: Sandra Alcosser

Language of Conservation: Sandra Alcosser

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Darragh Center, Main Library
100 Rock St.

In celebration of Earth Day and National Poetry Month. visiting poet Sandra Alcosser will read her poems as well as poems she has selected for the Language of Conservation. From the Medieval swan riddles of the Book of Kells, to the elephant ballets of poet Marianne Moore, she will share the secrets of the poets and the animals that inspired them.

Sandra Alcosser shares thirty acres in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana with a dwindling population of bear, moose, elk and mountain lion. Except by Nature, selected by Eamon Grennan for the National Poetry Series, received numerous national awards including the James Laughlin from the Academy of American Poets. James Tate selected A Fish to Feed All Hunger for the Associated Writing Programs Series in Poetry.

She is Professor of Creative Writing at San Diego State University. The recipient of two NEA Individual Artist Fellowships, she served as Montana's first poet laureate. She has also served as poet in residence at Glacier National Park and, working with Poets House and the Wildlife Conservation Society, she was poet-in-residence at Central Park Zoo, the project on which the Language of Conservation is based. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Paris Review, Poetry and the Push Cart Anthology.

CALS is one of five libraries included in "The Language of Conservation", an initiative of Poets House in partnership with CALS, the Little Rock Zoo, and a consortium of zoos and libraries nationwide, made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To RSVP, call 918-3032 or email Maribeth Murray.

For more information, contact Main Library Youth Services at 918-3050.