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Released February 7, 2003


HATTIESBURG - Award-winning poets Claudia Keelan and Donald Revell will read from their works Thursday, Feb. 13, as the 2002-2003 Visiting Writers Series continues at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The series is sponsored by the university's Center for Writers. The readings, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Ogletree Alumni House. It will mark the second program of the series for the spring semester.

Keelan – an associate professor of English and editor of the literary journal, Interim, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – has published three prize-winning collections of poetry. Her first book, Refinery, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize in 1994. The Secularist was a winner in the 1997 Contemporary Poetry Series from the University of Georgia Press, and her recently published Utopic won the 2000 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

Utopic was called "profoundly moving" by poet Robert Creeley.

Revell's most recent collection of poems is There Are Three by Wesleyan Press. A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Utah, Revell's other books include Beautiful Shirt, Erasures, New Dark Ages, The Gaza of Winter and From the Abandoned Cities. He is a recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

New Dark Ages, which won the PEN Center USA West Award, was described by poet David St. John as " a stunning and troubling collection."


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