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2/18/2004 Poet to present Ericksen lecture

McMINNVILLE – Award-winning poet Rosanna Warren will present a public lecture Monday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Her presentation, "’Lycidas’: Milton’s Orphic Syllable," is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. It is free and open to the public.

Warren is a professor of English and French at Boston University. She is the author of "Each Leaf Shines Separate," "Snow Day" and "Stained Glass," which won the Lamont Award from the Academy of American Poets. She edited "The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field" and, with Steven Scully, she published a translation of Euripides’ "Suppliant Women."

Her awards include the May Sarton Prize, the Academy’s Lavan Younger Poets Award, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 1999 she was elected a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and in the fall of 2000, she was The New York Times Resident in Literature at the American Academy in Rome.

Warren studied painting at Yale University where she received her bachelor’s degree. She received her M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and was a teaching fellow there when she won the Nation "Discovery" Award in 1980. She later became an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University before entering the University Professors Program at Boston University. Her poetry has been published in many magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Georgia Review and the Partisan Review. In addition, she has edited and translated the diaries of André Derain, as well as prose and poetry of Gerard de Nerval.

In addition to her public lecture, she will also meet with students and faculty and attend classes during her visit.

Ericksen, a professor of English at Linfield since 1965, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture.

For more information, call 503-883-2583.