Two award-winning poets on tap in WMU Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Source:  WMU

KALAMAZOO, Mich.–Western Michigan University will mark National Poetry Month as two award-winning poets, whose work has been published widely, visit the campus later this month to take part in the Spring 2016 Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Anne Marie Macari and Gerald Stern will read from their works at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center. Their presentation is free and open to the public.


Macari is the author of four poetry books, including “Red Deer” and “She Heads into the Wilderness.” She also co-edited “Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books.” She has received the APR/Honickman Prize and founded and teaches at the Drew University Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Her poems have been published in many literary journals and magazines, including TriQuarterly, Bloomsbury Review, Shenandoah, The American Poetry Review, The Cortland Review and The Iowa Review.

Macari was born in Queens, New York, and lives in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Stern is the highly acclaimed author of 16 poetry books, including “Divine Nothingness,” “In Beauty Bright” and “This Time: New and Selected Poems,” which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1998. He was named a finalist in 1991 for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Leaving Another Kingdom: Selected Poems.” He also received The Wallace Stevens Award, the Medal of Honor in Poetry, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize in Poetry and the Frost Medal. In 2000, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman appointed him the state’s first poet laureate.

Stern has taught literature and creative writing at Temple University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Raritan Valley Community College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since 2009, he has been distinguished poet-in-residence and a member of the faculty of Drew University’s graduate program in poetry. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University and attended the University of Paris for post-graduate study.


The Frostic Reading Series presents acclaimed creative writers from across the nation and beyond. Every year, a diverse range of readings that encompasses poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama attract both campus and off-campus audiences.

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