Acclaimed Poet Lucille Clifton To Speak at Alma College
Acclaimed poet Lucille Clifton will present a reading in the Alma
College Chapel at 8 p.m. Monday, March 16, followed by a reception and
Clifton’s visit is part of Alma College’s Women’s Month celebration. Admission is free and open to the public. She also will do a question-and-answer session from 4 to 5 p.m. March 16 in Clack Auditorium, where she will discuss poetry, creative writing, women's issues and other topics.
one of the most beloved and respected figures in American poetry today,
Clifton is widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race,
womanhood, spirituality and mortality. She has published 12 collections
of poetry, an autobiographical prose work and 18 children’s books.
She received the National Book Award for Poetry for Blessing the Boats (2000). Her most recent book is Voices (2008); other titles include Ordinary Woman, Mercy, Quilting and The Book of Light.
Her many fellowships and awards include the 2007 Ruth Lily Prize, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Charity Randall Citation, an Emmy Award form the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Lannan Achievement Award in Poetry, and a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award.
Clifton served as distinguished professor of humanities and holder of the Hilda C. Landers Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts at St. Mary’s College of Maryland until her retirement in 2005. She served as Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland from 1975 to 1985.
Posted: Mon, March 9th, 2009 at 9:38AM