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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Renowned Poet Barnes Inaugurates Writers-on-the-Shore

SALISBURY, MD---Poet and founding editor of the Chariton Review, Jim Barnes inaugurates Salisbury University’s spring Writers-on-the-Shore series 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Montgomery Room of the Commons. In 2002 his book On a Wing of the Sun was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in the poetry category. An English professor at Brigham Young University, Barnes has published over 500 poems in more than 100 journals, including The Chicago Review, The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner and Georgia Review. His translations have been published in journals such as Sycamore Review and Black Moon. He also has published short stories in publications such as North American Review and Iowa Review. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 1978 and the Columbia University Translation Award for his translation of Dagmar Nick's Zeugnis und Zeichen (“Summons and Signs”) in 1980. In 1989 he was awarded the St. Louis Poetry Center's Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Award, and in 1990 he was awarded a Bellagio Residency Fellowship for the purpose of beginning his translations of Dagmar Nick's poetry by the Rockefeller Foundation. He held a second Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship in 2003. Barnes has been the featured poet at the Paris Writers Workshop and at the 13th Franco-Anglais Poetry Translation Festival. In 1995 he was the Munich Translator-in-Residence at Villa Walberta, Germany. He also has held two Carmargo Foundation fellowships in Cassis, France and the U.S. representative at the Prague Writer's Festival. In 1998 and in 2000 he was awarded Academie Schlob Solitude fellowships in Stuttgart, Germany, and received an American Book Award for On Native Ground. “Jim Barnes is a major poet on the American cultural landscape,” said Dr. David Johnson, coordinator of the author’s visit. “He read at SU about 13 years ago. We look forward to his second visit to the Eastern Shore.” His reading is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.

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