CLA: Reading by Stephen Dunn and Barbara Hurd

FSU Presents Reading by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Stephen Dunn and Guggenheim Fellow Barbara Hurd

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts will present a reading by award-winning writers Stephen Dunn and Barbara Hurd on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The reading is free and open to the public.

Hurd and Dunn, who are married to one another, live and write in Frostburg.

Dunn, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, will read from his latest book of poems, “Whereas,” released in February 2017. The poems in “Whereas” show there is always another side to a story, exploring the difficulties of telling the truth and the fictions with which people choose to live. With graceful rhythm and equal parts humor and seriousness, Dunn confronts household objects that seem to turn against people, the search for meaning in an endless barrage of daily news and even surprising confessions between neighbors over a shared hedgerow.

A prolific poet and author of 18 poetry collections, Dunn has also received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, a Pushcart Prize and numerous other accolades for his writing. Born in New Jersey, Dunn has worked as a professional basketball player, an advertising copywriter and an editor, as well as a professor of creative writing. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of creative writing at Stockton University in New Jersey.

Hurd, who was awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in General Nonfiction, will read from her latest book, “Tidal Rhythms: Change and Resilience at the Edge of the Sea.” In “Tidal Rhythms,” a collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom, Hurd explores the ebbs and flows of life along the shore, where ancient lifeforms cling to rocks, revealing themselves only when the tides recede. She asks, as the seas rise, warm and acidify, what is to become of these delicate tidal ecosystems, one of the first landscapes to face the threat of global climate change?

The author of eight books and a prolific essayist, Hurd has also won three Pushcart Prizes, the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, five Maryland State Arts Council Awards and numerous other awards. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a professor emerita of English at FSU.

The reading is presented by the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts with sponsorship from the Maryland State Arts Council and Allegany Arts Council. For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at 301-687-4340 or

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Lyric Theatre
20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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