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As part of Lafayette’s National Poetry Month celebration, acclaimed poet, critic, and editor David Lehman will be on campus Tuesday, April 24, for a poetry reading and question-and-answer session.

Lehman will take questions about his many works at 4:10 p.m. in Marquis Hall, Faculty Dining Room, and will hold a reading 7 p.m. in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium, room 104.

Lehman judged this year’s MacKnight Black Poetry Competition. Jennifer Aranda ’07 (Paramus, N.J.), an English and women’s studies double major, won first place with her poem ‘Home Sweet Home,’ and Maggie Oberrender ’07 (Bridgewater, N.J.), an English and French double major, received an honorable mention. The students will read their poems before Lehman’s reading.

Lehman is currently the poetry coordinator for the MFA writing program at The New School for General Studies. He is the author of several collections of poems, including When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (2005) with James Cummins, The Evening Sun (2002), The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry (2000), Valentine Place (1996), Operation Memory (1990), and An Alternative to Speech (1986).

He is creator and series editor of The Best American Poetry, general editor of the Poets on Poetry series from University of Michigan Press, and editor of the newly revised Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006).

Lehman has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; an award in literature from the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters; and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. He earned a Ph.D. in English from ColumbiaUniversity and attended CambridgeUniversity as a Kellett Fellow.

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