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Award-winning poets read in Visiting Writers Series launch Sept. 5 at Ole Miss

Aug. 20, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. — Writers Nick Carbo and Denise Duhamel launch the University of Mississippi campus poetry series Sept. 5.

The husband-and-wife poets address students, faculty and guests at a 7 p.m. reading in Bondurant Hall auditorium. Their visit is sponsored by the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series and the UM Department of English.

At 4 p.m., Square Books in downtown Oxford hosts a book signing for them.

Carbo is editor of the groundbreaking collection of Filipino and Filipino-American poetry Returning A Borrowed Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Filipino and Filipino-American Poetry. He has been hailed as one of the finest writers of his generation of Filipino Americans. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Duhamel, author of numerous poetry books, most recently wrote Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems. Her other titles include The Star-Spangled Banner, winner of the Crab Orchard Award in Poetry, and Kinky, a book of poems devoted to Barbie dolls. Her work is in numerous anthologies.

“They will provide an electric and diverse opening to the English department’s speaker series,” said poet Beth Ann Fennelly, a UM visiting assistant professor of creative writing.

Born in the Philippines, Carbo received a master of fine arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and has been resident poet at Bucknell University and writer-in-residence at American University in Washington, D.C. He also is the author of two poetry books, Secret Asian Man and El Grupo McDonald’s.

A native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Duhamel also is winner of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and the Poets & Writers’ magazine’s Writers Exchange Award. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., and a master of fine arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Carbo and Duhamel are creative writing faculty members at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., and Florida International University in Miami, respectively.

For more information or assistance due to a disability, contact the Department of English at 662-915-7439.

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