CORVALLIS, Ore. - Pacific Northwest poet Karen Holmberg will read from her most recent collection of poetry, "Axis Mundi," on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library on the Oregon State University campus, with a book signing to follow.

Holmberg's first collection, "The Perseids," won the Vassar Miller prize and was published in 2001. Her second book is the latest winner of the John Ciardi prize, and is out now from BkMk Press.

Poet and contest judge Sherod Santos said of Holmber's work, "It is a rare pleasure to encounter these days a young poet so thoroughly at home in the natural world." "Axis Mundi" recently won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry.

Holmberg's poems and essays have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Slate, The Nation, New England Review, and elsewhere. Influenced by a biologist father, she is interested in science, medicine, and the natural world. She received her doctorate in English and poetry at the University of Missouri, and now directs the master of fine arts program at OSU.

The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and celebrates regional literary achievement.

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Heather Brown, 719-232-1485