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NewsPress Release: 1/25/02Award-Winning Poet and Marlboro Professor Give Readings at MarlboroCollege

photo of Cate MarvinMARLBORO, VT - A new reading series at Marlboro College presents award-winning poet Cate Marvin and long-time Marlboro faculty member J. Birjepatil at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, in the Drury Gallery on campus.

Called "Readings from Potash Hill," the series showcases writers who have been published in Potash Hill, the magazine of Marlboro College.

Marvin, a 1993 alumna of the college, will read poems from her recently published collection, The World's Tallest Disaster (2001, Sarabande Books). In the forward to Marvin's book, former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky calls her poems "violently passionate and firmly symmetrical, like tango or the blues." Pinsky selected it as the winner of the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. Marvin, who holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston and an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, has seen work published in The Paris Review, The New England Review and The Antioch Review.

Birjepatil, who retires this spring after teaching at the college for 15 years, will read a selection from 10 Short Stories by Suresh Joshi, a volume he compiled and edited. The late Joshi was considered a brilliant scholar, fiction writer and poet who wrote in the Gujarati language of western India. Birjepatil, a scholar of Indian literature, is also a published poet and essayist.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Drury Gallery is fully accessible.

For more information, please call (802) 258-9219 or visit the college online at


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