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NewsPress Release: 3/14/02 Poet and Author X.J. Kennedy Comes to Marlboro College

MARLBORO, VT - Award-winning poet and writer of children's literature X.J. Kennedy will be reading his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Marlboro College's Drury Gallery.

Kennedy comes to Marlboro as part of a series of visiting poets this spring. His lively work most often follows a pattern of rhyme or meter and is full of strong, tangible imagery. His first collection of poetry, Nude Descending a Staircase (1961), won the Lamont Award that year. He has also won several other awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Kennedy has written numerous collections for young people, including Talking Like the Rain: A First Book of Poems, with Dorothy M. Kennedy (1992). His poetry has been published in anthologies such as Best American Poetry (1999) and the Oxford Book of Short Poems.

Admission to the reading is free and open to the public. The Drury Gallery is fully accessible. For more information, call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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