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Poetry returns to Pace with the Fall 2013 Poets@Pace reading, featuring award-winning poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle.

On Monday, December 2, award-winning poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle will give the Fall 2013 reading in the Poets@Pace series.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q&A, a book signing, and refreshments. Poets@Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace’s New York City Campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Joan Larkin is the Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College and the author of six books of poems, most recently My Body: New and Selected Poems, which received the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Audre Lorde Award. Other honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Lambda Award for poetry, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Los Angeles Times characterized her voice as “unsentimental, ruthless, and cleared-eyed. . . This is poetry without pity, in which despair leads not to degradation but to a kind of grace.” Larkin co-edited the groundbreaking anthologies Amazon Poetry, Lesbian Poetry, and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time, and has published plays and prose in addition to poetry.

Tony Towle’s first major poetry collection, North (1970), won the Frank O’Hara Award for experimental poetry, and he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Poet Kenneth Koch has written: “The deep surprising lyricism of the early poems and the incisive witty discourse of the darker late ones are both part of a poetry at the same time direct and highly artistic. Tony Towle’s is one of the clear, authentic voices of American poetry.”  Of Towle’s 2001 New and Selected Poems, former Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that the book “belongs in every library, possibly on its very own shelf.” Towle has collaborated with well-known artists and poets and has taught poetry writing at The Poetry Project.

For more information about Poets@Pace, please contact Charles North at cnorth@pace.edu.