Poet and essayist Lia Purpura will share her work 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.