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Forrest Gander, poet, translator and essayist, will read at Plymouth State University on Thursday. (COURTESY)

Poet and Pulitizer finalist Gander to read at PSU

PLYMOUTH - National Book Critics Circle Award winner and 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist Forrest Gander, a poet, translator and essayist, is next up on Plymouth State University's Eagle Pond Authors' Series.

The Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University will be at PSU's Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Thursday, Nov. 8, for a 7 p.m. reading and presentation of his work.

The National Book Critics honored his "Core Samples from the World," which also made the final round of Pulitzer competition.

Within his poetry, Gander combines lyric and experimental sensibilities, describing the abstract and the concrete with equal verve, and taking up subject matter as various as Mayan ruins and family relationships. Tom D'Evelyn of the Providence Sunday Journal described Gander as an alchemist saying, "He uses verbal techniques to turn subject matter into a moment of blinding and often wrenching transformation."

Gander also plays with the shifting nature of words themselves, experiencing them both as sounds and as the meanings they carry.

He frequently pairs his poems with images, which serve not merely as illustration, but are also given equal footing of their own.

The Boston Book Review said, "Gander's (poems) plunge and swoop up and down the whole scale of earthy, cerebral and celestial experience."

Now in its 15th year, the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to New Hampshire's Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors, and has been instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU.

In a new Eagle Pond Series tradition, Kaylee Fouts, a senior PSU English major from Ashland, will open the program reading some of her own works. Hall will be on hand to introduce Gander, and both will stay after the reading for an authors' reception and book signing, including Hall's latest publication, "Christmas at Eagle Pond."

Free tickets for series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. The series is presented with support from the Follett Higher Education Group. General information about PSU events is online at


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