Michael Blumenthal Reading

Frostburg State University Presents Poetry Reading by Multi-Prize Winner Blumenthal

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts will present a poetry reading by poet Michael Blumenthal on Wednesday April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lewis J. Ort Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Blumenthal is a poet, author and professor at West Virginia University. He has written a collection of prize-winning books of poetry, including “Sympathetic Magic” (1980), “Laps” (1984), “Dusty Angle” (1999), “And Poems” (2009) and “No Hurry Poems 1000-1012” (2012). Critic Helen Vendler said that he has an exhilarating and turbulent approach to his poems. Blumenthal is a graduate of Cornell Law School and formerly director of Creative Writing at Harvard University.

Blumenthal is also a notable fiction and nonfiction author. His novel, “Weinstock Among the Dying” (1993) won the Ribalow Prize for Best Work of Jewish Fiction. His nonfiction works include “He When History Enters the House: Essays From Central Europe” (1998), a collection of short essays he wrote during his years in that region; “All My Mothers and Fathers: A Memoir” (2002); “Just Three Minutes Please: Thinking Around on Public Radio” (2013); and “Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Life of Rita Miljo and Her Struggle to Save the Baboons of South Africa” (2015).

Blumenthal was born in Vineyard, N.J. He continues writing and focusing on poetry. He once stated “I am a man, a Piscean and unhappy and therefore I make poems.” Blumenthal continues teaching and living in West Virginia.

For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at cla@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4340.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30pm

Lewis J. Ort Library 3rd Floor Exhibit Area
1 Stadium Drive, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

Event Type

Readings/Author Appearances, Performance


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


This event is free and open to the public.

Phone for Info


Contact Person

Jennifer Browne

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