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April 26, 2005
Contact: Andrea Albright, University Relations, (785) 864-8860.

Poet C.K. Williams to read poems of war, peace and justice at KU May 4


LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas will welcome renowned poet C.K. Williams for a reading and lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union.

At 3 p.m. May 5, Williams will conduct an informal question and answer session at KU's Hall Center for the Humanities. A second reading and lecture will take place at 7:30 that evening at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 New Hampshire St. All events are free and open to the public.

Williams, who teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University, is one of the most prominent poets working in the United States. Of his many books of poetry, "The Singing" (2003) won the National Book Award; "Repair" (1999) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize; and "Flesh and Blood" (1987) won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Williams uses his work to address global and domestic issues including terrorism, war abroad and the erosion of civil liberties at home.

The Lawrence Public Library will mount a special exhibit on Williams' poetry to complement his visit.

Sponsors include KU's Hall Center for the Humanities; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; programs in humanities and Western civilization; peace and conflict studies; European studies; the departments of classics and English; the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice; the Lawrence Public Library; Friends of the Public Library; Lawrence Community Theatre; and individual patrons.

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