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USF to host second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Jorie Graham

TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of South Florida Humanities Institute welcomes its second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for the first week of April -- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Graham will lead off the Humanities Institute’s month-long celebration of National Poetry Month.

Described by the U.S. Poetry Foundation as “perhaps the most celebrated poet of the American post-war generation,” Graham is the Boylston Professor of Poetry at Harvard. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, including the new and critically acclaimed “PLACE” (2012), for which she was awarded the prestigious British 2012 Forward Prize, the first American woman to be so honored.

Arriving April 1, Graham will visit classes, conduct graduate workshops and present a lecture and a public reading. At her reading on April 2, Graham will present awards to the winners of the Humanities Institute’s Florida 2013 poetry competition, in which high school and USF poets will be recognized. This is Institute’s first NPM Poetry competition, and more than 100 entries already have been submitted.

Graham’s visit will include two public events, both free and open to the public. Her poetry reading and award presentation will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in the Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS), followed by a wine and cheese reception and book signing. The second event, “Why Poetry Matters,” where she will address that question in dialog with poet and Humanities Institute Assistant Director Liz Kicak will be at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) 2708, with a reception to follow.

For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak at 813.974.3657 or


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