Marjorie Perloff to Visit Penn April 25-26 as 2011 Kelly Writers House Fellow

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 8, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – Marjorie Perloff, one of America’s foremost critics of modern and contemporary poetry, will visit the University of Pennsylvania April 25-26 as the third Kelly Writers House Fellow for the spring semester.  Perloff will participate in two public events and informal teaching sessions with young writers and aspiring writers.

Last month playwright Edward Albee came to Penn as a Writers House Fellow. Non-fiction writer Susan Cheever visited campus as a Fellow in February.

Perloff is author of hundreds of essays and many books, including “Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media,” “The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage” and most recently “Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century.”  She is professor emerita of English at Stanford University and is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Southern California.

 Perloff will participate in two public programs.

On April 24 at 6:30 p.m. she will give a talk at Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. The next morning at 10 a.m., Al Filreis, English professor and director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at Penn, will interview Perloff and moderate a discussion afterwards.

Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations, which are required to attend each program and participate in webcasts, can be made by contacting Jamie-Lee Josselyn at 215-573-9749 or 

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