Hickory — The Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series is in its 35th season and will host Robert Hass on Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7 p.m., at Grace Chapel, LRU Campus. Robert Hass is a poet of great eloquence, clarity and force, whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. Widely read and much honored, he has brought the kind of energy in his poetry to his work as an essayist, translator and activist on behalf of poetry, literacy and the environment.

A two-time MacArthur Genius Fellow, Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995-1997 and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001-2007. His books of poetry include “The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems” (Ecco Press, 2010); “Time and Materials” (2007), which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; “Sun Under Wood” (Ecco Press, 1996), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; “Human Wishes” (Ecco Press, 1989); “Praise” (Ecco Press, 1979), which won the William Carlos Williams Award;” and “Field Guide” (Yale University Press, 1973). Hass has also written many books of essays and has co-translated many of Polish-American poet Czesław Miłosz’s works with the author.

The series, established in 1988, features readings and presentations by authors who have distinguished themselves in literature and often meet with students to discuss the stories behind their works. The series’ mission remains the promotion of literary experiences with contemporary writers meant to engage and educate young people at LR. All events, which take place on the LR campus in Hickory unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.

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