Poet/essayist Lia Purpura to conduct public reading on March 31st

Headshot of author Lia Purpura

What is poetry for — and can it still matter in a world of tweets and images?

Poet and essayist Lia Purpura asserts that poetry is “not the same kind of communication found in texting and fast images” but instead “writing is about living in and offering to others fragile and nuanced states of being that would not otherwise exist.”

Purpura offers up this kind of experience in eight collections of poems, essays, or translations, and she will share her work on at a public reading at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 31st, in the Timothy O. Cooper Auditorium (formerly Thomas 124). Her books will be available for purchase, and Purpura will sign copies after the reading.

Purpura has published poetry and essays in The New Yorker, Orion, The Paris Review, and other publications. Her essay collection, On Looking, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her writing has earned a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, and four Pushcart prizes. Her new collection of poems, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful, was recently published by Viking/Penguin.

Purpura serves as Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The reading, sponsored by the Marietta College English Department, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Bev Hogue, English Department, hogueb@marietta.edu or (740) 376-4657.