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Poet Joan Joffe Hall to read from her latest work, March 1

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 9, 2005 -- The Womenís Studies Program and the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island are offering a poetry reading by Connecticut poet, Joan Joffe Hall on March 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Dana Shugar Library, at URIís Women Center on Upper College Rd., Kingston Campus. The reading, which is part of URIís 25th anniversary celebration of the Womenís Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

Hall will read from her newest collection of poetry, In Angled Light, which was released last year to much praise from critics and fellow writers alike.

Hall will share her work not only as an accomplished poet and scholar, but also as a Jewish person, a mother and a feminist. Her presentation will be of interest to anyone involved with or interested in womenís studies and English.

Hall weaves through her poems cycles of resistance, oppression, and separation, elements that pervade Jewish feminist identity, diffusing and constructing it at the same time. Indeed, in reading her poems, at once sharp and lyrical, one could get caught amongst plural identities that twist together, often in indignation or in retaliation. Thus, Hallís tone, perpetually switching from incisive critique to lighthearted reflection, is active and the reader is pulled into the multiple intersections of identity, experience and emotion, according to URI student Nicole Souza.

Hall has published 18 books of poetry and prose, including The Rift Zone, a finalist for the Williams Carlos Williams prize, and Romance & Capitalism at the Movies, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been featured in many journals such as The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Minnesota Quarterly.

Hall is a professor emerita with degrees in English and womenís studies, receiving her degrees from Vassar College and Stanford University. She taught at the University of Connecticut for nearly 40 years and served on the executive board of the American Association of University Professors.