Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 3/4/02

Poet Katherine ColesMARLBORO, VT - Continuing a series of readings by visiting poets this semester, Marlboro College will be hosting a reading by Katherine Coles at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the Drury Gallery.

A Utah native and daughter of a mathematician and geologist, Coles will be reading from her latest book of poems, The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension, published last fall by the University of Nevada Press.

Divided into two sections, The Golden Years first examines the place where science and poetry intersect within the context of daily life. The second section contains meditations about historical, scientific, literary, and other figures who encountered trouble as they sought to escape the mundane in search of something larger than themselves. Examples include Galileo, Abelard and Heloise, Virginia Wolfe, Milton, and Eve.

According to W. Scott Olsen, an author, editor, and English professor at Concordia College, "As passionate and thrilling to the brain as to the heart, these poems [found in The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension] move from theories of time to the intimacy of touch seamlessly. Here is proof, wonderful proof, that physics and painting, lovers and politics, history and religion really do all belong in the same urgent and beautiful universe."

Coles has published two other books of poetry -- The One Right Touch and The History of the Garden -- and one novel, The Measurable World. Her works have been featured in various journals and magazines, such as The Paris Review, North American Review, and The New Republic, as well as in anthologies such as The Muse Strikes Back.

She has received numerous grants and awards, including a PEN Discovery Award and Salt Lake City's Mayor's Award for the Arts, which recognizes artistic achievement and community service.

Coles is currently an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of Utah. Previously, she was a writer-in-residence at Westminster College of Salt Lake City

Admission is free, and the Drury Gallery is fully accessible. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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