CORVALLIS - Pattiann Rogers, an acclaimed Western poet and author of seven books of poetry, will give a reading from her work on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Oregon State University.

Rogers' presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. The event, first in the OSU Visiting Writers' Series for 1999-2000, is free and open to the public.

Earlier that afternoon, Rogers will give an informal talk on the art of writing, "Human Imagination in the Natural World." This presentation, sponsored by the OSU Center for Writing and Learning and ASOSU, will take place in the Memorial Union Room 206 from 2 to 3:30 p.m, It also is free and open to the public.

Rogers, who lives most of the year in Colorado, is a professor of English in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas. Her most recent works of poetry are "Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems" (1994) and "Eating Bread and Honey" (1997). She is also the author of a book-length essay: "The Dream of the Marsh Wren, Writing as Reciprocal Creation," just published by Milkweed Editions, which will also publish her "Collected and New Poems, 1981-2000."

Essayist and poet Albert Goldbarth has praised Rogers' work for its "densely detailed, thickly textured, richly imaged stanzas." Among her many awards are two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a poetry fellowship from the Lannan Foundation, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry Magazine, and five Pushcart Prizes.

Rogers' reading is jointly sponsored by the Department of English, the Center for Writing and Learning, ASOSU, the Program for Ethics, Science and the Environment and the Department of Philosophy.

For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, contact the OSU English Department at 541-737-3244.

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Marjorie Sandor, 541-737-1648