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News POET ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT TO SPEAK AT MARLBORO COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT, MAY 16

Marlboro, VT - (May 5, 2010) - Marlboro College will welcome poet Ellen Bryant Voigt as its commencement speaker during the college's 63rd graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 16.

Commencement ceremonies take place in Persons Auditorium on the Marlboro College campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. Information about seating, parking and more can be found at www.marlboro.edu. For special needs and accessibility information, please call (802) 251-7644.

A former Vermont Poet Laureate, Ellen Bryant Voigt has published seven volumes of poetry, including KYRIE (1995), a finalist for the National Book Crit­ics' Circle Award, Shadow of Heaven (2002), and Messenger: New and Selected Poems (2007), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of The Poets' Prize.  Her prose work includes The Flexible Lyric, a collection of essays on craft, and The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song. She is a Chancellor of American Academy of Poets and an elected member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, she has received NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Merrill Fellowship, Best American and Pushcart Prizes, and the OB Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library.  She teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Cabot, VT.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Voigt, as well as founder of New England Culinary Institute, Fran Voigt, and Bart Goodwin, who is stepping down as chairman of the Marlboro College board of trustees. The students have chosen Will Mees as the senior speaker.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

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