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NewsRobert Pinsky, Poet Laureate, to Speak at Marlboro College Commencement 2005

Marlboro, VT—Robert Pinsky, prize-winning Poet Laureate (1997-2000), will be the speaker at Marlboro College’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Persons Auditorium at Marlboro College. This 58th Commencement will have one of the largest number of graduating students in the college’s history. Of these 71 students, 63 will receive bachelor of arts degrees, five will receive bachelor of science degrees, and three will receive bachelor of arts in international studies degrees. There are 34 women and 37 men in this year's graduating class. David Zimmer has been elected to give the senior speaker address.

Pinsky, whose work blends childhood memories and autobiographical details with political, social and philosophical issues, is the author of six books of poetry and editor of one poetry anthology. The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 won the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union and was a Pulitzer Prize Nominee. His most recent work, Jersey Rain, was published in 2000.

"What makes Mr. Pinsky such a rewarding and exciting writer is the sense he gives, in the very shape and structure of his poems, of getting at the depths of human experience, in which everything is always repeated but also always new,” wrote Katha Pollitt in The New York Times Book Review.

The Sounds of Poetry, one of four books of literary criticism, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Pinsky’s translation of The Inferno of Dante was honored with the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.

Pinsky has also received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Poetry Magazine’s Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Harold Washington Literary Award, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Currently Pinsky is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University and the poetry editor of the weekly internet magazine, Slate. He earned his Ph. D. and M.A. from Stanford University, where he held a Stegner Fellowship in creative writing, and his B.A. from Rutgers University. He received a Phi Beta Kappa Award in 2003. Pinsky has also taught at Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley.

Also notable is Nicholas Barber, Chairman of Bolero International Ltd, director of several other companies and Marlboro College’s first Classics Fellow, who will be awarded an honorary degree for his service to the college and his dedication to heritage and historic preservation. In 2004, the Queen of England awarded him the title of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He is Chairman of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and a former Trustee of the British Museum and Governor of the London Business School. Chair of the Board for Huron University USA, which was affiliated with Marlboro until 2004. He has an M.A. from Wadham College, Oxford University, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School, where he is a member of the Board of Overseers.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.

For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.

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