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Prize winning poets to read at URI, Feb. 8.

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KINGSTON, R.I. --February 1, 2005--The University of Rhode Island s Writer's Collective announces the second event in its spring READ/WRITE poetry, fiction, and non-fiction series.

Prize winning poets Christina Pugh and Kevin Prufer will read from their work on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Hoffmann Room, Independence Hall, Kingston Campus, Upper College Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Pugh, a visiting assistant professor of English at Northwestern University,
is the author of Rotary, winner of the Word Press First Book Prize. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Triquarterly.

She has received Poetry magazine's Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Associated Writing Programs' INTRO Award in Poetry, and three nominations for a Pushcart Prize.

Pugh holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Emerson College.

Prufer, a professor of English at Central Missouri State University, is the author of Fallen from a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2005), The Finger Bone and Strange Wood. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, in 2002 and 2004, and was featured in 2003 Best American Poetry.

He is the editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and American Book Review and co-editor of Dark Horse: Essays on Overlooked Poems.

For more information, call 874-4678.