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The interviews will be shown at 1:30 p.m., April 11, and at 2:30 p.m., April 12, in room 206 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building. Pulitzer poet  

Readings by two Pulitzer Prizewinning poets will highlight a Poetry Jam to be sponsored April 11 and 12 on campus.

Richard Wilbur, professor of English at Smith College, and W. D. Snodgrass, currently a visiting poet at ODU, will read many of their works.

Wilbur, whose appearance is sponsored by the Special Activities Committee of the Department of English, will give a reading at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, in Kaufman Hall Auditorium. A reception for him will be held at 11:30 am., in room 206 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

Snodgrass, who has been at ODU all this semester, will read at 2 p.m. that day in the First Colonial. High School Auditorium in Virginia Beach. His appearance there will be part of a workshop conducted by the Virginia Beach public schools for its secondary school English teachers.

At 8 p.m., Tuesday, ODU students enrolled in the Poetry Workshop will read their original works at Cogan's Instant Art, 1901 Colonial Ave.

At noon Wednesday, April 12, Dave Smith, director of creative writing at the University of Utah, will read from his works in the Education Building Auditorium.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, another group of students in the Poetry Workshop will read their original works in the Planetarium.

A poetry theater-collection of video taped interviews with Snodgrass, Wilbur, James Dickey, Anne Sexton, Allen Ginsberg and Galway Kinnell will be held both days of the Poetry Jam.


All events are open to the public without charge.

Wilbur won a. Pulitzer Prize, for poetry in 1957 for his book titled "Things of This World." Snodgrass won a Pulitzer Prize for his volume of poetry titled "Heart's Needle," which was written in 1959.

Both poets have won numerous other prestigious awards, and both have published several volumes of poetry, critical essays and translations.

Dave Smith has published three books of poetry, including "Mean Rufus Throw Down," "The Fisherman's Whore" and "Cumberland Station."

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Richard Wilbur, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for poetry and other major awards, will give a poetry reading on campus Tuesday, April 11.

The reading will be at 12:30 p.m. in Kaufman Hall Auditorium, and will be open to the public without charge. His appearance is sponsored by the Special Activities Committee of the ODU Department of English.

Wilbur won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry in 1957 for his book titled "Things of This World." The Saturday Review of Literature said, "Now with 'Things of This World,' his enormous gifts grown into their mature assurance, Wilbur certainly emerges as our serenest, urbanist and most melodic poet."

In 1954 Wilbur received the $3,000 Prix de Rome fellowship of the America Academy of Arts and Letters.

He has published 10 volumes of poetry including "The Poems of Richard Wilbur" and "the Mind Reader." He has written two translations, an operetta, several plays, children's books, and numerous critical articles.

Wilbur has contributed fiction, translations and criticisms to The New Yorker, The New England Quarterly, Partisan Review; The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Prize Stories of 1954 and many others.

A native of New York City, Wilbur graduated from Amherst College in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army, he earned his master's degree from Harvard in 1947 and taught English therefor seven years. He then joined the faculty 'at Wellesley (Mass.) College, where he taught until his appointment to Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in 1957. In 1963 he was named to the Olin Chair in the Wesleyan Department of English. He was also editor of the Wesleyan University Poetry Series.

In 1977 he joined the faculty at Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

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