CHESTERTOWN, MD — On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College will welcome award-winning poet Rhina Espaillat to read from her most recent collection, Her Place in These Designs, (Truman State University Press, 2008). The reading, part of the English Department’s “Living Writers” course, will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the enclosed porch of the Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue.
Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in the United States since the age of 7. A poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator, she has been recognized for her considerable accomplishments with awards such as the T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the Wilbur Award, and the Robert Frost Tree at My Window Award for Translation.
Espaillat’s poetry has been called “terrific, moving, intelligent, authentically felt, and beautifully musical” (San Diego Union-Tribune). “Hers is a voice of experience,” poet and critic Robert B. Shaw wrote in Poetry magazine. “She notices what we typically overlook, and she delineates it with lucid intelligence, tolerance, and good humor.”
Sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, the reading is free and open to the public.
Photo: Portrait of Rhina Espaillat by Curt Richter.