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Press Release: Acclaimed Poet Adrienne Rich to Appear at UMass Fundraiser


Acclaimed Poet Adrienne Rich to Appear at UMass Fundraiser

DARTMOUTH, MA -- World-renowned poet and activist Adrienne Rich will be the honored guest and read her poetry at the 2nd Annual Women's Studies Program and Women's Resource Center Fundraiser on April, 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus.

Author:  Juli Parker
Date:  March 23, 2009
Department:   Women'S Resource Center
DARTMOUTH, MA -- World-renowned poet and activist Adrienne Rich will be the honored guest and read her poetry at the 2nd Annual Women's Studies Program and Women's Resource Center Fundraiser on April, 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus. The public is invited to participate in this fundraising event, which is co-sponsored by the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Rich is a widely acclaimed literary figure who, through her writing, explores women's experiences, identities, and histories. In her book of essays, What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics, Rich writes that "the reading or hearing of a poem can transform consciousness" as poetry creates the "seeing and touching of another, of others, through language." Known for coining the phrase, "The personal is the political," for more than fifty years, Adrienne Rich's eloquent and visionary writings have shaped the world of poetry as well as feminist and political thought.

Rich will join the UMass Dartmouth community for the second annual fundraiser to support the Women's Studies Program endowment for student scholarships and the work of the Women's Resource Center on campus and in the community. Tickets are on sale now; for more information, contact Juli Parker at 508-910-4582 or access the online webpage at http://www.umassd.edu/cas/wms/rich.cfm

The first fundraising event held in February 2008 featured Gloria Steinem who spoke with an audience of over 200 people about her experiences in the women's movement and her lifelong work to create women's social equality. Steinem's presence helped establish the Women's Studies endowment for student scholarships and raised over $25,000. The first scholarships to a student majoring in Women's Studies and a student minoring in Women's Studies will be awarded this spring for the Fall 2009 semester.

In addition to providing a reading of her work, along with commentary, Rich will sign books for interested people immediately following the dinner and reading. Books will be on sale at the event from the UMass Dartmouth Campus Store. A raffle of a framed broadside of an autographed Rich poem will also be held.

Since receiving the Yale Younger Poets Award at the age of 21, Adrienne Rich continues to exceed her own literary boundaries. Her poetry has been honored with a National Book Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the first Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the National Poetry Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Art of Poetry, among others. She is the author of more than sixteen volumes of poetry, including, Diving into the Wreck, The Dream of a Common Language, An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991, Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995, Midnight Salvage, and Fox. Her recent collection, The School Among the Ruins, was honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award and was chosen as one of Library Journal's Best Poetry picks of 2004. The author of five books of non-fiction prose, including the famous Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, Rich will publish a new collection of essays, A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, in April 2009.

All ticket proceeds benefit the Women's Studies Program endowment fund for student scholarships and the work of the Women's Resource Center. The student scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievement, involvement in co-curricular activities with preference given to students from the South Coast region. The Women's Studies Program and Women's Resource Center is especially pleased with the support and co-sponsorship from the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, which highlights the cooperative relationship between the organizations and their common work for improving women's lives in the South coast region.

Tickets are on sale now. Sponsorship for table of 8 is $1000, with individual tickets $100. For more information, contact Dr. Juli Parker at  jparker@umassd.edu or by calling 508.910.4584.  Tickets can also be ordered online at http://www.umassd.edu/cas/wms/rich.cfm
 

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