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Wed, May 29, 2024

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The Center for Poetry's Read a Poet, Write a Poem Workshop: Lisel Mueller  (Public Programs)

Poet and translator Lisel Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924. The daughter of teachers, her family was forced to flee the Nazi regime when Mueller was 15. They immigrated to the US and settled in the Mid-west. Mueller attended the University of Evansville, where her father was a professor, and did her graduate study at Indiana University. Her collections of poetry include "The Private Life," which was the 1975 Lamont Poetry Selection; "Second Language" (1986); "The Need to Hold Still" (1980), which received the National Book Award; "Learning to Play by Ear" (1990); and "Alive Together: New & Selected Poems" (1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize. Her other awards and honors include the Carl Sandburg Award, the Helen Bullis Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She has also published translations, most recently "Circe's Mountain" by Marie Luise Kaschnitz (1990).

Participants in this workshop should have some familiarity with the poems from Mueller's "Alive Together: New & Selected Poems." Grand Rapids-based poet Linda Nemec Foster will join us to speak about her professional relationship with Mueller and lead discussion along with Professor Anita Skeen about Mueller's poems. There will be another workshop on Monday, January 28, which will focus on writing poems based on tonight's discussion. We welcome writers of all levels and backgrounds to both workshops.

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Location: Snyder C201 [map]
Price: free
Sponsor: RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU
Contact: Linnea Jimison
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