Lamont Poet Michael Collier

michael_collier254x299On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library will present a reading by poet Michael Collier as part of the 2013-2014 Lamont Poetry Series.  The reading will be held in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street.  The event is free and open to the public.

Michael Collier currently serves as the Director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is a Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland.  From 2001-2004 he was the Poet Laureate of Maryland.    Collier is the author of six books of poetry:  The Clasp and Other Poems (1986); The Folded Heart (1989); The Neighbor (1995); The Ledge (2000), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Dark Wild Realm (2006), and An Individual History (2012).

The Library’s Lamont Poetry Series is supported by the Lamont Fund, established in 1982 by Corliss Lamont ’20 and former Academy Librarian Jacquelyn Thomas. Two poets are invited each year to read their works and attend English classes. Each visiting poet is photographed and asked to present the library with a manuscript poem.  Collections of these framed portraits and manuscripts can be found in the Lamont Room on the fourth floor of the library and on display on the 2nd floor of Phillips Hall.

To learn more about the Academy Library’s Lamont Poetry Series and see a listing of past poets, please visit the Lamont Poets guide.