The Wells College Visiting Writers Series will welcome Cole Swensen for a reading of her work at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. Admission is free and all are welcome. Swensen will also hold a writing master class at 12:30 p.m. in Main Building's Faculty Parlors.
Cole Swensen is the author of 17 volumes of poetry and one of critical essays. A co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, she has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, The San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
She has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A translator of contemporary French poetry, creative non-fiction, and art criticism, she has published over 20 translated volumes. She divides her time between Paris and Providence, R.I., where she teaches at Brown University.
The Visiting Writers Series presents four to five events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama. These writers not only give public readings of their work; they also conduct writing workshops, participate in classes and discussions and often hold individual conferences with interested student writers. The Visiting Writers Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.