Ponsot to Deliver Silverman Reading

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: October 30, 2003 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Poet Marie Ponsot will deliver the 27th Oscar Silverman Annual Poetry Reading at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Baird Recital Hall, 250 Baird Hall, on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

The reading will be free of charge and open to the public.

It will be presented in memory of Oscar Silverman, the distinguished UB scholar and teacher who chaired the Department of English and directed the University Libraries. Silverman also helped to develop UB's remarkable collection of 20th-century poetry.

Ponsot has published five books of poetry: "True Minds;" "Admit Impediment;" "The Green Dark:" "The Bird Catcher," for which she received the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Springing: New and Selected Poems," for which she was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Medal. "Springing" recently was chosen as the Ambassador book of the English Speaking Union.

Her book for teachers of writing, authored with Rosemary Deen, won the Modern Language Association's Shaughnessy Medal.

Professor emerita of English at Queens College, City University of New York, Ponsot has taught this year at Barnard College, Cooper Union and Columbia University.

She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, which she plans to use to complete a manuscript.