Marlboro College


Award-Winning Poet Sophie Cabot Black '80
at Marlboro College

Award-winning poet Sophie Cabot Black ‘80 reads from her latest book of poetry, The Descent, on Friday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Published in 2004, Black’s The Descent was received with critical acclaim: “Black’s voice is startling, jagged and implacable, and The Descent is steep, precipitous and dazzling” hailed the Los Angeles Times Book Review. A previous volume, The Misunderstanding of Nature, was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award in 1994. David Wojahn, writing for Poetry, called it “a distinguished collection, one of the liveliest first books in years.”

Black’s poetry has appeared in journals ranging from The Atlantic to The Parisian Review, and anthologized in More Light: Father and Daughter Poems and The Best American Poetry 1993. She has received the Grolier Poetry Prize, the John Masefield Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Emerging Poets Award from Judith’s Room, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Providence and the Bunting Institute. Black teaches at Columbia University, where she also earned her M.F.A. in 1984.

This reading is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

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 has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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