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March 12: Award-winning poet, essayist presents reading

Monday, March 5, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning poet and essayist will read from her acclaimed work March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Marx Center and Hood College.

Lia Purpura, writer-in-residence at Loyola College in Baltimore, is the author of three collections of poems, two collections of essays and a collection of translations. Her work has appeared in numerous professional publications and magazines, including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Antioch Review and Orion Magazine. She was awarded Pushcart prizes in 2007 and 2009 for her essays "Glaciology" and "The Lustres," and is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Fulbright Award fellowship, among others.

Pupura is noted for her writings about subjects that make readers uncomfortable—death and the body's decay, for example—but uses generous amounts of imagery to reveal the surprising beauty in the often disconcerting themes.

She is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA program in Tacoma, Wash., and has held visiting positions at a number of universities.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, at or call (301) 696-3725.