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Upcoming Events

Fanny Howe
January 23-27, 2017

Public Reading January 25, 7:00 pm, Gorecki 204 A&B

Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose. Howe grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied at Stanford University. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice, as well as fellowships from the Bunting Institute and the MacDowell Colony. Her Selected Poems won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2008 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009.

Howe taught for almost 20 years in Boston, at MIT, Tufts University, and elsewhere, before taking a job at the University of California at San Diego, where she is professor emerita. In 2012, she was the inaugural visiting writer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her papers are housed at Stanford University. She lives in Massachusetts.

Howe will also be in St. Paul, with a reading from THE NEEDLE'S EYE.

Thursday, January 26 @ 7:00 PM
Common Good Books
38 South Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

For more information about Fanny Howe and her work, please visit

Susan Stewart
March 17-22, 2017

Public Reading March 21, 7:00 PM, Gorecki 204 A&B

 Susan Stewart is a former MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and served recently as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. A critic as well as a poet, she is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.  Cinder: New and Selected Poems gathers for the first time poetry from across her thirty-five years of writing and is this year's recipient of the Sister Mariella Gable Award.  This award is given each year by the College of Saint Benedict to an important work of literature published by Graywolf Press in honor of the extraordinary career of Sister Mariella, a distinguished scholar, writer and teacher at the College of Saint Benedict.   

Susan Stewart's earlier books of poetry are Red RoverColumbarium, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle award, and The Forest. Her most recent books of criticism are The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on MakingPoetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism; and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics, a collection of her writings on contemporary art.  

She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and in the Spring of 2009 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Stewart has received fellowships from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Guggenheim Foundation as well as two grants from the NEA and a MacArthur Genius Award.

For more information about Susan Stewart and her work, please visit

These events are presented in collaboration with Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict
and Saint John's University. Please visit the Fine Arts website for more information.