Joanna Klink to Present Poetry Reading at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 8, 2016—Joanna Klink, 2016-17 Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of English at Williams College, will read from her works of poetry on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Weston Hall Presentation Room. It is free and open to the public.

Klink earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. Her collections of poetry include They Are Sleeping (2000), Circadian (2007), Raptus (2010), and Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (2015). Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry (2011).

“In poems I am trying to find my bearings through a world that at times feels remote and inchoate and struck blank with noise,” Klink has said of her work. “I would like to place myself in a field of deep attention, and out of that attention come to feel and regard with more acute understanding what is there. I write to be less hopelessly myself, to sense something more expansive than where I speak from.”

Klink’s honors and awards include a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana.


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